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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Water Voles saved at Sewage works

You may have read about that Water voles living close to a sewage treatment plant in east London will be rehoused while the plant undergoes extensions.

Ccrrots and apples are bing used to lure around 30 voles discovered at Crossness Marshes beside Crossness Sewage Treatment Works. Apparently they have been living in sludge lagoons and a 26m (85.3ft) ditch.

The voles will be taken to the Wildwood breeding centre in Kent where they they will stay for the next two years.

Martin Wagner, Thames Water's conservation manager, said

With work due to start soon on the planned extension to the works, we wanted to make sure these voles were not disturbed or hurt in any way.

They're likely to stay there [at the breeding centre] for about two years where we hope their numbers will increase.

They will then be brought back to Crossness to enjoy new reed ditches specially created for them.

2 comments:

Tricia said...

What a great story - and how nice to read of something really positive being done for wildlife!!

oldcrow61 said...

It never ceases to amaze me how you people take care of the wild life. What a great story. While here, I'm ashamed to say, the thinking is "if it moves, shoot it."