Trust is at work to give voles a home
4:00pm Friday 16th August 2013 in Latest News
Wildlife lovers are being called upon to support the Canal and River Trust’s appeal to create a more water vole-friendly habitat on the Kennet and Avon Canal near Pewsey.
The charity has launched Give a Vole a Home because the animal is the UK’s fastest declining mammal, so managing the habitat it needs to thrive is important.
The green bank between Pains Bridge and Milkhouse Water is being restored by the trust because it has been badly eroded.
Trust environment manager Oda Dijksterhuis said: “We are rebuilding the soft bank using an innovative design that combines coconut fibre matting with a special man-made mesh material, which is planted up with various native reeds.
“This tried and tested design creates the perfect home for water voles and helps support a range of other vital wildlife like dragonflies, butterflies and nesting birds, and it makes a super fish nursery.
“The new bank will also help to secure the crumbling towpath here, making it better for walkers and cyclists.”
The cost of improving one mile of canal bank is around £138,000.
Last year the trust installed a 400-metre stretch of this habitat and it is appealing to the public to help it raise the final £25,000 needed to finish the last section.
Tamsin Phipps, chairman of the trust’s Kennet & Avon Waterway Partnership, said: “The canal is enjoyed by a whole host of visitors, from walkers and cyclists to boaters and canoeists.
“Part of the appeal of the canal is the rich variety of wildlife that can be spotted from its banks. We’re appealing for people to help us ensure the canal remains a great place for wildlife.”
To help, visit www.canalrivertrust.
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