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.
Cheddar's water voles are the film stars in Volesville, talked about in the Cheddar Valley Gazette , with photographs at Applewood Photography .
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