The water vole is recognised as one of the UK’s most threatened mammals and their population has declined by 90% in the past 20 years. Widespread loss and fragmentation of wetland habitat are the main reasons and predation by the introduced American mink is now a huge threat, causing local extinctions.
They are fully protected in England and Wales and it is an offence to capture, injure and kill them, or to disturb, damage, destroy or obstruct their or resting breeding places.
Although now rare, water vole are still fairly widespread and will occur in places previously considered unsuitable such as wild uplands and uninviting urban habitats.
Our team at OpenSpace have the specialist survey techniques and knowledge to conduct your water vole survey and if they are present, ensure the development avoids harm and impact to wildlife.
Where there is no alternative, exceptions can be authorised by the gain of an EPS mitigation licence. We can help you gain the licence and provide the tailored mitigation necessary.
If you have any queries regarding water vole surveys, then call us on 01228 711841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our team will be happy to advise and we can provide a no obligation quote if you wish.