River work will help voles

PUBLISHED: 14:24 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 May 2010

ENDANGERED water voles living on a river have been given a new habitat. The voles, which live on the River Rhee, near Barrington, will benefit from bank improvement works that were carried out over Christmas. It is hoped the work will also benefit the lo

ENDANGERED water voles living on a river have been given a new habitat.

The voles, which live on the River Rhee, near Barrington, will benefit from bank improvement works that were carried out over Christmas.

It is hoped the work will also benefit the local reed warbler population.

Cllr Nick Wright, planning portfolio holder at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: "The water vole used to be a common sight along our river banks.

"Recently, the number of water voles has dropped sharply, mainly through the loss of suitable waterside habitats, but also because of the predatory American mink.

"The water vole now receives full legal protection, but positive initiatives such as this, providing attractive habitats, are vital to rebuild populations."

The improvement work has been carried out by the district council and the Granta Housing Society, which is building a new 14-home development nearby.

Seamus Doherty, from Granta, said: "The conservation of wildlife is important and this is an important rural site.

"We are putting extensive planting around this development and there will also be bat and bird boxes on the new houses.

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