I haven't seen a water vole at White Lion Meadow for twenty days now and am increasingly concerned they've been driven away or killed by rats. I am keeping a close eye on the situation, but there's not a lot else I can do.
A water vole tonight by the main town car park. We must make sure we don't dismiss sites covered in litter or in the centre of urban areas as valueless for wildlife. This brook supports a really thriving meta-population of voles from one side of town right across to the other.
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?