Water voles and our long fight to save them in North York Moors

From: James Swyer, Press and Publications Manager, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.

A water vole on the North York Moors.

IT is encouraging to read 
about efforts to save water 
voles in the North York Moors National Park (‘The race to 
save water voles in the 
North York Moors National
Park’, The Yorkshire Post, May 
17).

Since its creation in 
2002, the mink raft – designed 
by experts at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust – 
has been used to protect
species as far afield as 
Argentina.

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Experience has shown
that monitoring and eventual 
success will rely on the 
efforts of local working conservationists who know the area.

Efforts are being stepped up to save water voles.

This was first shown on the River Dore where 40 volunteers monitored local traps with great results.

This remains unique as a scientific study of lethal population control, eradication in the face of continual immigration of mink and 
turning back the clock on biodiversity loss.

We hope that this will 
bring similar success in Yorkshire.

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