The Cheshire Water Vole Project

Water vole, Nantwich (c) Richard SteelWater vole, Nantwich (c) Richard Steel

What we are doing for water voles?

Currently -

As part of the Saltscape Living Landscape project, Cheshire Wildlife Trust is working alongside other project partners to help local populations of water voles in Frodsham. Find out more here. (link to Saltscape Page)

Previously -

Having surveyed 92 sites for water voles and assessed over 100 km of waterways for suitable habitat the Cheshire Water Vole Project concluded in January 2014. 

The project discovered water vole strongholds within the county, for example along the River Gowy and its surrounding ditches and brooks in Mickle Trafford and Bridge Trafford as well as populations in and around Crewe and Nantwich.

Encouragingly isolated populations on Wade Brook in Northwich and Lindow Moss in Wilmslow (identified by the Trust's previous North West Lowlands Water Vole Project, which concluded in 2011) were still there. Water voles also remained at historic sites such as Frodsham Marshes and Manor Park in Halton.

For an overview of the project and its achievements see the project overview report.

The data collected by our water vole project enabled funding for bank protection and habitat improvement along the Llangollen Canal corridor. In 2014 330m of coir roll was installed along the canal linking habitat between populations in Nantwich and Whitchurch. You can see the final report for the first phase of work here.

The Water Vole Calendar

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