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Water voles thriving at Moors Valley, thanks to dedicated rangers
3:00pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
THE water vole population at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest is bucking the trend, thanks to the dedication of its countryside management rangers.
Conservationists nationally are reporting a further 20 per cent decline in the already threatened species, but water voles are currently thriving at the country park near Ringwood.
An extensive water vole reintroduction programme was started there in 2011, which was followed in 2012 by a further release.
In all, more than 300 water voles found a new home in East Dorset, and sightings throughout 2013 indicate that the reintroduction was a huge success, with the creatures now seen regularly along the extensive Crane and Moors river system.
Matt Reeks, senior countryside ranger, said: “Moors Valley was the first country park in the south to take this initiative and we believe our hard work has really paid off for our water vole families.
"The project has also united the local landowners who we brought together and encouraged to provide suitable habitats and continue to monitor a wide surrounding area for mink activity to ensure our voles are not eaten by this aggressive, non-native predator.”
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