Restoring Hope for Water Voles
The Chalk Stream and Wetlands Meadows project to extend the habitat for local populations of water voles at Restore Hope, Latimer, has already begun but more needs to be done!
But how does this help the water voles?
There are two known populations in the area, one just downstream of the restoration site and the other just above it and the objective is to improve the area between so that the two groups can expand and ultimately inter-breed. If we can support the growth of a larger water vole population with greater genetic diversity and an increased range, it will be far more resilient to external impacts from predators, pollution and climate change. By increasing the light levels reaching the channel we hope to encourage the growth of in-channel and marginal vegetation which will provide both populations with the immediate benefit of additional sources of food & shelter. And later this year we would like volunteers to be donning waders and work in the channel providing opportunities for water voles to burrow and establish permanent populations.
And we haven’t forgotten the other river users. By improving the character of this part of the chalk stream, we will also be supporting the native insects, fish and birds, and we will be creating a more attractive and natural looking channel that can be appreciated by everyone who visits Restore Hope, Latimer.
Hazel spent a year learning butterfly, bird and plants identification and survey methodology with the 'Tracking the Impact' project.
Buckinghamshire Council publishes hard-hitting report on pollution of the County’s rivers and chalk streams
Calling for urgent action to protect Buckinghamshire’s rivers and chalk streams, the report’s key conclusions include that the water industry is the single biggest contributor towards poor water quality in the region.
Chilterns Chalk Streams Project publishes a major report & hosts a conference marking 25 years of the Project
The Chilterns Chalk Streams Project has published a major report reviewing its achievements and progress over the last 25 years.