Went just now to check on the Edgeley Road voles and spotted this little chap. It's the first time I've ever seen a weasel in the wild. Weasels would take water voles, but they're part of the natural UK predator-prey balance (unlike non-native mink which can wipe out a w-v colony). So I felt thrilled and privileged to see him.
This blog charts the fortunes of water voles in and around the Whitchurch area, North Shropshire. Water voles are one of the UK's most threatened mammals, extinct in many counties, and so it's vital they receive as much monitoring and protection as there is going. Here in Whitchurch we're lucky enough to have them right in the middle of town - how cool is that?