Sunday, 30 September 2018

White Lion Meadow Still Busy

 Climbing vole.

  Water vole prints, plus a single dropping.

 This water vole dived repeatedly to pull up orange roots.

 This photo shows how brown a water vole's fur can look. 

I'm seeing a couple of voles at a time down at White Lion Meadow. They're very often to be found clambering around in the brambles and willow herb.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

The Environment Agency, Green Horizons Contractors, and vole-friendly maintenance: a story of good communications.

Water courses can be cleared to minimise flood risk without harming water voles or their cover. The EA not only contacted the Whitchurch Water Vole Group prior to their work to check we thought it was OK for the voles, but sent us regular updates via social media. A friend of mine who lives locally says she saw even one of the men sitting reading a book about water voles during his break. 

So many thanks to them, and to Green Horizons contractors. I went down last night and saw this vole above happily eating, and swimming up and down the newly-strimmed banks, still with plenty of cover to hide in.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Still a Fair Bit of Activity

You can't really see from the photo, but a water vole had climbed pretty high up this bramble bush.

Above: White Lion Meadow voles. Below, Black Park Road.