Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Railway bridge near Homebase

White Ermine caterpillar

Water vole latrine

Two large feeding stations
Revisited the cottage by the railway bridge, where last year I had several sightings of water voles. We haven't had any sightings this year, but I recorded signs in spring http://staggsbrook.blogspot.com/search/label/railway%20bridge%20by%20Homebase and a quick check today showed clear water vole presence there still.
It's important to keep an eye on established colonies and not just assume a strong population will stay that way: in this case, the voles have been having a bit of a battle with rats and numbers appear to have dropped, but now we've identified the problem we can keep a special watch on the situation and help the water voles. Terrifically sympathetic landowners, I'm delighted to report. Many thanks to them for allowing us access.


Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Hi found your blogthrough WAB. Can't remember the last time I saw a water vole, must be years ago now. Must get out and look. Great stuff keep up the good work.


Kate said...

Hiya, Dave! There are certainly water voles round Wigan - not sure where you're based. Try asking the county Wildlife Trust.

And thanks very much for your comment. WAB's great, isn't it?