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Water Voles

Black Redstart
Water vole habitat such as rivers, streams and minor water courses is protected. Impacts on water vole habitat can be mitigated for during development.

Water vole and their habitat are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. As such under this legislation it is an offence to;

  • Intentionally kill, injure or take water voles.
  • Possess or control live or dead water voles or derivatives.
  • Intentionally or recklessly damage, destroy or obstruct access to any structure or place used for shelter or protection.
  • Intentionally or recklessly disturb water voles whilst occupying a structure or place used for that purpose.

Offences can be avoided by undertaking survey work during the early stages of development if your site has the potential to support water voles. We are able to undertake baseline surveys and field survey for water vole, and the time for robust field survey work for this species is between April and September so it is important that your site's potential to support water vole is identified at a very early stage.

Mitigation work can involve excluding animals from the site footprint or working area along with good habitat enhancements or habitat replacement.