Water voles are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) making it illegal to disturb or kill or take a water vole using prohibited methods. It is an offence to damage, destroy or obstruct a breeding or resting place.
The water vole is Britain’s fastest declining mammal. They inhabit rivers, canals, streams, ditches, reedbeds, marshes and ponds, burrowing into banks.
Bernwood can undertake a water vole presence/absence survey and provide recommendations to ensure impacts can be avoided or disturbance and damage minimised. It is not possible to obtain a licence to carry out development affecting water voles, except to translocate them for conservation purposes where no other option to accommodate water voles on the site is available.
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