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It is unlikely that water voles will continue to survive in
many of the habitats they currently occupy.
They are currently believed to be extinct throughout 97% of their
Their best chance of survival is in landscapes where extensive
ditch networks or large wetlands still exist.
This prospect will still depend upon the strategic control of mink
combined with the re-creation and maintenance of suitable
This process will only be sustainable if landowners are
encouraged to assist their survival with the support of the
statutory and voluntary nature conservation agencies.
Water Vole presence from 2004-2008
Water Vole presence from 1900-2008
ponds and river
banks - increase
The future of the water vole
is in our hands. Simple
actions will aid either its
survival or extinction.
Which path do you think we
need to follow?
Specialists in water vole ecology