Course: Reintroducing the Water Vole - Bringing Back a Locally Extinct Species

Field Studies Council

Friday 30th September 2022

Cost: Free

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Water voles became extinct in parts of the south in the 1990. Kernow Conservation are helping to prepare habitats for their reintroduction.

About this event

Water voles were once common across the whole of the UK but declined due to habitat loss and predation by non-native American mink. In Cornwall, water voles became extinct, with the last confirmed sightings in the 1990s.

This talk will outline the importance of water voles within their ecosystems and the work that Kernow Conservation are doing to reintroduce the first water voles in southern Cornwall, including habitat suitability surveys, habitat improvements and maintenance.

Kernow Conservation is a community-led conservation organisation that was established in 2019. Working with local landowners and organisations, they are involved in a variety of projects across Cornwall and the UK.

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