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Forty new Water Voles

Saturday, August 22nd 2009

Forty new Water Voles arrived at Foxglove today. These were supplied by Derek Gow Consultancy Ltd, a professional team of ecological consultants who are dedicated to the conservation of native British wildlife. Some of the voles were released immediately as they were adults who are able to fend for themselves. Others (juveniles) are part of a 'soft' release program, which means that they will remain in their 'pens' until they are ready to be released.

Water vole

The release was successful and the voles that were 'hard' released seemed to be very content in their new habitat; as soon as they were in the water they swam away to find cover.

Releasing the water voles

Twenty-five voles will eventually be released up on the new wetland. The others were taken to various locations around the reserve. Thank you to everyone who helped out today photographing the voles and assisting with the release.

Releasing the water voles


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