This project is the second phase of work to reintroduce the water vole
Surveyors usually look for characteristic field signs such as droppings, feeding stations and burrows in order to detect water vole
presence along water courses.
Analysis by the charity, of sightings dating back to 1970, has highlighted an inexorable decline in water voles
, especially over the last 15 years.
droppings are the shape of Tic-tac sweets and are dark green in colour (unlike rat droppings which are black).
Emily Thomas, who is co-ordinating the programme, said: "In the last couple of decades conservation groups have been working hard to try and save the muchloved water vole
, however it's difficult to track the overall effectiveness of this work without seeing how the national picture has changed since the 1990s.
Check your traps regularly and rebait as needed, as both types of voles
remain active all winter.
The idea that bank vole
PrP might be a universal acceptor could be significant for both scientific and practical reasons," says Surachai Supattapone, a biochemist at Dartmouth College's medical school.
Not surprisingly, polygyny was positively correlated with vole
abundance and was never recorded during lows in the vole
Darren Tansley, water vole
expert from the Wildlife Trusts explains: "Water voles
are susceptible to very dry and very wet weather.
The country has lost nine out of ten water voles
in recent decades due to habitat loss and predation by the introduced American mink.
It's possible I might run J'y Vole
in a chase over Christmas, but nothing's been decided yet.
The skulls of 376 bank vole
individuals trapped in seven sites of Lithuania from July to October 1999-2005 were used for our calculations.