Water voles 

Once common and widespread, water voles are protected by UK law because they are currently declining at a rapid rate.   This legal protection, plus habitat management and vigilant mink control are helping water voles to make a come back.   The full effect of the 2012 floods on the gorge's water voles is not yet certain. 

Pictures and behaviour description:

Legislation and advice:

  • Water vole legislation summary on Natural England website  

  • Natural England's Standing Advice Species Sheet: water voles pdf

Page last updated 06.02.2013