A White Lion Meadow water vole.
Below, pictures of the great crested newts that live on the brownfield site at Mile Bank Road, which is about to be built on.
Always nice to see the first vole of a new year: this one was at White Lion Meadow car park, which is usually the first colony to show.
In other news, the clearing of the old dairy factory at Mile Bank Road is about to start, and I was able by chance to speak today to someone from the developers. She told me that the team were all very clear about protecting the newts on the site, and that a lot of the vegetation-removal work was going to be done with hand tools, that they were leaving the bat roosts, that three ponds would be created in the housing development plus habitat improvement work of the banks, and a wild area leaving. Here are some images of the project on the Ainscough Strategic Land Projects website. Nothing about the detail she told me, unfortunately, but perhaps it's on the Shropshire Council Planning page.