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Helping water voles on your land

helping water voles on your land guide

PTES has produced a free guide on simple changes to management practices which can enhance habitat for water voles.

You can either download a copy of the guide here or contact to request a copy.


Our guide highlights management actions that are water vole friendly, including:

  1. Livestock management beside water courses
  2. Buffer strips
  3. Sympathetic watercourse and ditch management
  4. Restoring, recreating and managing wetland habitats

It also describes the benefits of these actions to water voles, as well as other native wildlife – from amphibians to invertebrates. Control of non-native American mink is also covered, in addition to details about agri-environmental schemes.

The guide has been endorsed by the UK Water Vole Steering group, which includes representatives of the following organisations: Environment Agency, Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Natural Heritage, People’s Trust for Endangered Species, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and The Wildlife Trusts.

Agri-environmental schemes

Agri-environment schemes provide funding to farmers and land managers to protect and enhance the environment on their land.

Each of the devolved nations has its own programme of agri-environment schemes. These are currently:

England – Countryside Stewardship Scheme

Wales – Glastir   

Scotland – Agri-Environment Climate Scheme

Click here for further details about current water vole friendly agri-environment schemes

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