Saturday, 26 April 2014

The water vole is heading back to Kielder

The water vole is a step nearer being reintroduced back into the Kielder Forest in Northumberland thanks to a £40,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The money will go towards the Forestry Commission and Tyne Rivers Trust’s ongoing work to improve rivers in Kielder Forest so they are ready for the water voles. Once this preparation work is completed, an application for further funding will be made for the second phase of the project: to reintroduce water voles to the Kielder area.

Kevin O’Hara, Senior Conservation Officer at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, said: “Building on many years' success in otter conservation, it is right that we now focus on the water vole and its current plight. After a long decline, this funding gives us real hope of reversing the situation and bringing this charismatic little animal back to our riverbanks where it belongs”.

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