Title of the project
Cheshire Local Biodiversity Action Plan
To contribute towards the Cheshire LBAP (Local Biodiversity Action Plan) objectives for water vole, to establish the current distribution and range of water voles (Arvicola amphibius) in the Cheshire region and to identify potential water vole habitat on BASC members land.
They started to survey the entire River Gowy for voles followed by the establishment of an effective mink (Neovison vison) trapping programme (mink rafts).
A mink/water vole workshop was conducted in Mobberley in the north of the county in order to inform the local residents of the purpose of the water vole/mink project as well as recruit people to help check mink rafts and notify us of any sightings.
|Site||The River Gowy which feeds into the Frodsham marshes area and the Mobberley area, Cheshire County|
|Species Caracteristics||Protected species, Invasive Alien species|
|Name(s) of main species||European water vole (Arvicola amphibius)|
|Leading partners||BASC The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (https://basc.org.uk/)|
|Other partners||Mersey Basin Campaign’s Paul (http://www.merseybasin.org.uk/)
Corner and the North West Lowlands Water Vole (http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/watervole)
Officer Richard Gardner
Estimation of the budget (total or annual)
£5,000 from the Environment Agency to purchase more mink rafts.
Ben Gregory Cheshire Biodiversity Project Officer