I think I've been sitting in the wrong spot at Edgeley Road because I haven't seen many water voles this year there. But when I moved a bit further down the stream, two popped up straight away and wandered round my feet before settling on the opposite bank where I could photograph them. There was also a water shrew.
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?