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How we’re helping water voles

Since 1997, we’ve funded 46 water vole projects. We’ve investigated what helps water voles to seek refuge from American mink. We discovered the best ways of restoring good habitat and we have recently studied the effects of waterway maintenance on local populations of water voles.

We manage the national monitoring programme for water voles, collating the survey information collected by our tireless volunteers and hundreds of others across England, Wales and Scotland. Initial signs from the monitoring programme give us some cause for hope but there is much more to be done if we are to better understand the threats facing Britain’s water voles and help to protect them.

Currently, we are studying whether environmental DNA (eNDA) can be successfully used to monitor water voles and we are funding a project that maps water vole strongholds across the UK.

Monitoring water voles across the UK – we need you!

We work with many other people nationwide to ensure we’re doing the best we can to save this species from extinction. We know what needs to be done, but we need to monitor our progress properly to be sure of success and to act where it’s needed. We can’t do this without you.

With the help of our UK Water Vole Steering Group partners the Wildlife Trusts, Natural Resources Wales, RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage, Environment Agency and Natural England, we set up the National Water Vole Monitoring Programme (NWVMP) in 2015.

We regularly survey sites across the UK and are creating a water vole conservation community. With more of us working together our impact can be even more effective.

We need to increase our army of volunteers who dedicate some of their free time to search for signs of water vole presence across England, Wales and Scotland.

You’ll need to do a survey once a year at a site near you. No experience is required, so long as you learn how to identify field signs and follow our guidelines.

If you already regularly survey water voles, you can add those site details too.


If you’re interested in helping water voles, find out more and register to take part here!

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