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Title of the project

Green Shoots South West water vole project


Increase the number of local wildlife and habitat records.
Increase the biodiversity on land managed by the shooting community.
Target conservation efforts on watervoles.
Establish close working links between the shooting community and other conservation stakeholders.

Habitat management to improve the quality of the landscape as habitat for all wild animal species.
Habitat enhancement to encourage the popualation growth of watervoles.
Control of american mink populations through trapping.

All conservation activity by Green Shoots is undertaken by hunters.


There has been a rapid expansion of water vole populations in the 10 years leading up to 2013.


Country United Kingdom
Level Regional
Site The River Tone, River Axe and River Tale, South West UK
Region South West England

Starting date


Habitat Types


Protection status of the areas

No protection status


Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Protected species, Invasive Alien species
Species Type Mammals, Generalist predators
Name(s) of main species Arvicola amphibius - European water voleNeovision vision - American mink

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities)


Leading partners BASC - http://basc.org.uk/conservation/green-shoots/
Other partners Angling clubsThe Dorset Wildlife Trust - http://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/The Westcountry Rivers Trust - http://wrt.org.uk/