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Water Voles

Since April 2008 the water vole has been fully covered by the provisions of section 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is illegal to:

  • intentionally kill, injure or take water voles
  • possess, alive or dead water voles
  • intentionally or recklessly damage, destroy or obstruct a place used for shelter or protection or disturb water voles occupying such a place

Timing: April – October. Although they do not hibernate, water voles aren’t very active above ground during the winter.

Examples when one could be needed may include drainage, stream and ditch excavations, developments near waterways.



Client: South Yorkshire Ponds Project

With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the South Yorkshire Ponds Project undertook management works at a number of ponds within their work area to improve conditions for wildlife. Our ecologists undertook surveys across these sites to inform these management works and ensure sites were designed in the best way to accommodate and support habitats for water voles.


Project: Water Vole Survey for Flood Protection Scheme

Wildscapes was commissioned to undertake a water vole survey as a prerequisite for engineering works as part of a flood protection scheme at South Kirkby Colliery Reclamation Park. The survey involved a close examination of all waterways and pond banks up to two metres from the water’s edge. Site specific recommendations were then drawn up to ensure that the works were delivered within the constraints of the law.