Wandering Water Voles

An insight into a project to protect existing populations of Water Voles and other wildlife living alongside in our canal network.

The Water Vole has suffered serious declines in the UK and is a priority species for action. There are three areas in our canal network where Water Voles have held on as other populations in Birmingham & Black Country have been lost.  At the start of 2014 a project began to protect the existing populations of Water Vole at these locations through increasing the amount of cover, foraging and habitat available to them. 

Work included stabalizing the canal banks and planting a variety of native vegitation to provide important habitats for many other species and help to improve water quality.

Key species that could benefit from this work will include Water Vole, Eurasian Otter, Reed Bunting, Kingfisher, Common Frog, Common Toad, Grass Snake, Dragonflies & Damselflies and White-clawed Crayfish.

This forms part of a much wider Water Vole conservation project, linking into the Birmingham Canals NIA on the Soho Loop, Birmingham Main Line Canal, the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal and Work on the Daw End Canal, creating a regional conservation project.