Event: Restoring Ratty Conference: A critical look at water vole conservation in the UK

Northumberland Wildlife Trust

Hexham, Northumberland
11th-12th October 2018

www.nwt.org.uk/restoringratty restoringratty@northwt.org.uk 01434 250898 Graham Holyoak

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Restoring Ratty Conference: A critical look at water vole conservation in the UK

Thursday 11th October 2018 and Friday 12th October 2018 – Hexham, Northumberland

The Restoring Ratty team invite you to our first water vole conference, which will take a critical look at past and present water vole conservation initiatives in the UK. There will be talks from water vole professionals about their projects and research on various issues and their solutions, along with a panel discussion session on issues affecting water voles. On day 2, there will be a variety of workshops in the morning looking at specific topics in more detail. Following the workshop, there will be a field trip to Kielder Forest to learn more about our work to return water voles back to Kielder Water & Forest Park.

Day 1 – Thursday 11th October

9am – 5pm Series of talks and discussion on what is and isn’t working in water vole conservation

Speakers include Darren Tansley (Chair of National Water Vole Steering Group), Derek Gow (Derek Gow Consultancy Ltd), Graham Holyoak (Restoring Ratty), Catherine McGuire (Water Vole Mapping Project) and Robyn Stewart (Glasgow Water Voles). This will be followed by a panel discussion on improvements that can be made to UK water vole conservation.

Day 2 – Friday 12th October

9am – 12:30pm Series of workshops on issues and solutions

A series of discussions on some of the key issues affecting the success of water voles in the UK and potential solutions

1pm – 5.45pm Optional field trip to Kielder to see Restoring Ratty project

A trip to Kielder to find out more about the Restoring Ratty project which is reintroducing water voles into Kielder and see the habitat and remoteness in which we are working. Transport provided.


Hexham Abbey, Hexham, Northumberland.

Lunch will be provided on day 1 and for those joining us on the field trip on day 2.


Hexham has good links to the main East and West Coast rail lines with regular services from Newcastle and Carlisle. Hexham station is a 10 min walk from the venue and town centre hotels.


Hexham has a couple of hotels and many B&Bs – information on these can be found here www.visithexham.net/st... or via the normal means! The surrounding villages also offer B&B accommodation and Newcastle is just over 30mins away with good bus and rail links.

Booking information

Please book onto ALL parts of the conference you wish to attend using the link below.

Day 1 Conference – £35

Day 2 Workshop – £5

Day 2 Fieldtrip – £10


Booking will close on the 14th September.

Restoring Ratty

Restoring Ratty is bringing water voles back to Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland where they have been absent for 20 years. We have reintroduced 580 water voles in 2017 and similar numbers will be released in 2018. We are also continuing monitoring for mink and undertaking community engagement and education work.

Restoring Ratty is a five year partnership project between Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Forestry Commission and Tyne Rivers Trust. Restoring Ratty has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to start work on the process to reintroduce Water Voles into Kielder. (www.hlf.org.uk)

If you have any questions please contact with Graham Holyoak – Restoring Ratty Project Officer

Tel: 01434 250898
Mob: 07534 846321

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