On a rare warm day by May 2021's standards, we were able to visit both the Thames Water Nature Reserve along the Hogmsill, as well as Rose Walk and Elmbridge Meadows nature reserves. The primary purpose of the visit was to look at mitigative steps to put in place to ensure the presence of the water voles, which are a protected species, will not hold up any planned restoration works.
After productive discussions, it was concluded that with some planning, any issues can be averted. Along with these discussions, the habitat was assessed to be suitable along the river and we are absolutely delighted to say an initial release will go ahead in Spring 2022. Due to the mitigative steps, we will be splitting the releases into two and will therefore be looking to fund a second order for water voles for the following year.
Thanks again to all of our passionate volunteers and donors for your help so far, we are so grateful for your support.
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