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Water Vole

water vole

Water vole surveys


  • Desk studies
  • Habitat suitability assessments
  • Activity surveys including the use of automated techniques
  • Monitoring surveys


Impact assessment


  • Identification of potential direct and indirect impacts, both at the site level and in a wider perspective: risks of disturbing, injuring or killing Water Voles, habitat modification, loss, fragmentation or isolation, post development interference impacts and poor data situations or ‘last minute discoveries’.


  • Quantification of potential impacts in terms of extent, magnitude, duration, timing, frequency, reversibility and cumulative effects.


  • Strategic advice on project feasibility.




Preparation of license applications to permit otherwise unlawful acts in relation to water voles.


Water voles: licence to displace them for development projects


Water voles: licence to displace them for work on flood defences, water courses or drainage systems




  • Precautionary working method statements including methods of exclusion (e.g. fencing and habitat destruction)


  • Wetland specifications and landscape designs


  • Receptor site selection


  • Tool box talks


  • Ecological clerk of works


  • Licenced capture and translocation of water voles


  • Management plans including aquatic features (ditches, rhines, ponds, lakes, reedbeds and wetlands) underpasses and beneficial planting and landscaping schemes





Case studies