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Vole Patrol Needs YOU!

Posted: Monday 10th August 2015 by Volunteering

Photo by Dave Foker

Water voles have suffered a catastrophic decline across Britain and have been lost from 94% of their former sites...

Water voles have suffered a catastrophic decline across Britain and have been lost from 94% of their former sites. In Surrey they were last recorded in 2009 and now Surrey Wildlife Trust has vowed to find out whether we have any of these charismatic mammals left on our waterways.

In Surrey water voles were last recorded in 2009

Using a team of trained staff and volunteers, we are resurveying up to 200 sites in Surrey with ‘recent’ (going back 100 years) records of water vole sightings. The information gathered during this phase of the project will be used to inform a second stage of habitat restoration and, if water voles are truly extinct in Surrey, potentially a reintroduction program.

We are looking for volunteers to go out and survey these sites across the county. You will be paired up with either a member of staff or another trained volunteer. Surveys usually last 1-2 hours and involve searching the river bank for droppings, burrows and feeding remains.

If you are interested in taking part in the hunt for Surrey last remaining water voles, please contact Alex.Learmont@surreywt.org.uk.
 

Alex Learmont

Assistant Conservation Officer

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