The ditch that's full of burrows and latrines
Droppings outside burrows
Water vole swims
Not brilliant water vole photos but I post them anyway as Shropshire Council need to see the evidence. They need to know that if they do allow this land to be built on, they'll have to pay for a full ecological survey, then (assuming they somehow manage to get permission in the face of the law to allow planning consent) pay for every water vole to be trapped and looked after while the building is in progress, and then make sure the habitat is reinstated for the voles to return.
The ditch above may look ordinary but it's an important water vole colony.