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Rare Water Voles Discovered in West Dorset

Water Vole

10:38am 11th September 2013

A new population of water voles has been discovered in Dorset, despite a 22% drop in their numbers across the UK.

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) made the discovery on the river Winniford, which runs into Lyme Bay at Seatown, near Chideock.

The population was found as part of a landscape-scale water vole project covering West Dorset and South Somerset, and funded by the SITA Trust.

The water voles will be protected from predators by controling American mink and the creation of suitable habitats allowing the water voles to expand their range and population.

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