Water Voles in Steventon
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What can Steventon do to help
Steventon is an important habitat for water voles and if you are lucky they can be seen in or by the watercourses in the allotments or on the village green. The law has now been changed to make it illegal to damage the habitat of the water voles. If you are a land owner then you will have been sent a guide giving details on how to manage the banks. The Parish Council and SARINC have produced guidelines on how to manage the common the watercourses. Briefly these are:
- Only mow the flat edges above the banks, leaving the banks sides to the water's edge unstrimmed;
- wherever possible leave a strip of at least a meter wide undisturbed on either side of all the watercourses.
If you see any disturbances that you are concerned about please get in touch with the Parish Council or SARINC.
Photo of water vole both this and one at the top of the page are taken by ©Terry Longley contact www.seeing.org.uk
Swimming water vole photo taken by ©Mark Taylor www.seeing.org.uk