It's always an anxious time, waiting for the water voles to reappear. Not many signs at present, except a few burrows, though there's lots of field vole activity. Grocontinental have removed some of the hedges next to the ditch in their field which might be a help in encouraging the growth of vegetation along the banks, but I hope they've done the most disruptive work now and the voles are left alone to breed now.
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?