Water Voles re-introduction in our local river systems

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I have been working today with the re-introduction of Water Voles in our local Nature reserve and the adjacent valley/river system.

Really pleased about it and the first day went well. Around 180 water Voles released throughout the river system.

I have done volunteer work for most of my adult life and this is one project I am very proud to be involved in.

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Well done, it is a on going battle for them.... as a fisherman I’ve seen a few on the banks.

One time at a fishery the owner was shooting at a rat until I told him it was a vole...:doh:
 

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That looks like a great project to be involved with , will you be monitoring them to see how they do ?
 
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We had water voles here but not sure if there are any left as we have Mink here , a lady came down from the Otter preservation society a while ago as we have Otters here too and she said the mink are also eating the crayfish which Otters rely on as a food source as well as fish .

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Great project, we still have a few in our nature reserve here and no mink seen for ages, but vole numbers are well down

Last one I saw was a couple of years back when I heard the ‘plop’ like a dropped stone and saw one in the stream, as I looked in the water I got my first ever sighting of a water shrew, looks like a load of bubbles under water

I love nature, well done you 👍👍
 
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We had water voles here but not sure if there are any left as we have Mink here , a lady came down from the Otter preservation society a while ago as we have Otters here too and she said the mink are also eating the crayfish which Otters rely on as a food source as well as fish .

Silvia
We have a local Otter but I understand they are usually anti Mink and chase them off.

But Otter I think enjoy the odd Vole for lunch but can't follow them into the Vole's nest hole like a Mink can.

We also have a few Herons about and they will also enjoy a Vole or two for lunch. (y)
 
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The re-introduction is going well. After a period of acclimatisation we released the Water Voles today and they appear to be happy.

We have put a few floating feed areas around and these photo's

was taken today.

Not totally in focus and a huge crop as I had the wrong lens with me but I am still well pleased.

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If you want to know a little more about the re-introduction.

Have a read of this -

 
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They are still going strong but alas the trail camera has captured one being caught by a Heron and another was observed being carried away by a Crow.

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