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Water voles, the UK’s fastest declining mammal, have received a welcome boost following the news that the People’s Postcode Lottery are to fund a £25,000 fundraising appeal in Rufford.
This support from the People’s Postcode Lottery makes a massive difference as we can extend the water voles territory, enhance the area where they live and play our part in conserving and restoring their populations.
In July we launched a public appeal to raise money to help one of the waterways best known mammals along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
Now, following PPL’s support, a small team of volunteers from the Canal & River Trust and the Lancashire Wildlife Trust will be going out on the towpath to survey a 13km stretch of the Rufford Branch of the canal between Tarleton and Burscough to identify where support is needed.
Once common and widespread, water vole populations have declined in recent years largely as a result of habitat loss and predation by mink. They are now a protected species and although still found in and around the waterways, most vole colonies have become small and isolated with their UK population falling by 95% since the 1970s.
Stephen Leigh, Canal & River Trust ecologist, says: “We surveyed this area in 2008 for water voles and found that they were living along the canal but their colonies were isolated by the varied landscape of the canal banks. We need to update this survey so we can then plan where we need to soften the engineered canal banks and plant them with vegetation to connect up any existing water vole areas to enable them to thrive along the water corridor.
“Water vole populations have rapidly declined in recent years, largely as a result of habitat loss and predation by mink. This support from the People’s Postcode Lottery makes a massive difference as we can extend the water voles territory, enhance the area where they live and play our part in conserving and restoring their populations.”
Following the survey work, more volunteers will be needed to help carry out the habitat enhancements which are vital to provide food and shelter for these furry creatures and to provide a green corridor to enable them to disperse.
Jo Bucci, Managing Director of People’s Postcode Lottery comments: “On behalf of the players of People's Postcode Lottery we are delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile scheme to protect an endangered species alongside our waterways. Canals and rivers clearly offer a vital haven for a range of wildlife and the work the Canal & River Trust does to help protect the environment is admirable, so this is a fitting project to support.”
If you're interested n volunteering to help deliver the habitat enhancements for water voles, please email email@example.com or call 0303 040 4040.
Canal & River Trust brand
19 March 2018
Bookings now open for 2018 Canal Pairs Championship
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends
We're calling for boaters to take part in our 'boat owners views survey'
9 March 2018
Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal