Joan Ruddock, the Minister for Biodiversity, announced that from April 6 that
the Water Vole will gain protection against being killed, injured, or taken from the wild from 6 April. It will join species such as the otter that already enjoy protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
The Minister made the announcement at the London Wetland Centre, where the above picture was taken, to see at first hand a project to protect water voles.
The annoucment was welcomed by Alastair Driver, National Conservation Manager for the Environment Agency and Chair of the UK Water Vole Species Action Plan Group and Stephanie Hilborne, chief executive for The Wildlife Trusts.
Apparently Water Vole numbers have declined 90% since 1990.