Water Voles - Species Survey

A number of environmental factors have contributed to the historic decline of the water vole, including widespread habitat loss and degradation and the introduction of American Mink in the early 20th Century (this species was brought to the UK and raised in “fur farms” but escapees thrived in the wild and predated heavily on water voles).

Since 2008, water voles and their breeding and resting places have been fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is an offence to:

  • Kill, injure or take a water vole;
  • Intentionally or recklessly damage, destroy or obstruct access to any structure or place used as shelter by water voles; or
  • Disturb water voles while they are using such a place.

Stark Ecology Ltd can conduct surveys of water courses for water voles and assist in project design and management for this species, including mitigation design and habitat enhancement.