Conservation works pays off as water voles return to reserve

PUBLISHED: 11:15 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:27 26 October 2009

ENDANGERED water voles have returned to a nature reserve after conservation work. Signs of the mammal were found in a survey carried out by staff at the Stanborough Reedmarsh Nature Reserve in WGC. The discovery of the water voles, which are part of the C

ENDANGERED water voles have returned to a nature reserve after conservation work.

Signs of the mammal were found in a survey carried out by staff at the Stanborough Reedmarsh Nature Reserve in WGC.

The discovery of the water voles, which are part of the Cricetidae family, coincides with the launch of a £586,000 project aimed at conserving habitats of voles living in the county.

In a similar survey carried out at Stanborough by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust three years ago, no water voles were found.

Alison Washbrook, the trust's wetland and water voles expert, said: "The discovery at Stanborough of droppings, feeding signs and burrows is really exciting and proves that with hard work and commitment we really can make a difference to the future of this vulnerable animal.

"If we can continue to apply this expertise across the county, we will be helping to prevent a beautiful and appealing mammal from becoming extinct."

To volunteer for the trust call 01727 858901 or email info@hmwt.org

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