Category Archives: Water Vole Project

Water vole habitat work in Sidlesham

A ditch in Church Farm Lane, Sidlesham that links two ponds together has had a make over in the last few months.  The roadside ditch has had water voles living in it for the last few years but one section … Continue reading

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Water Vole trapping at the Medmerry realignment

In March, MWHG volunteers plus the University of Brighton carried out water vole trapping on the Medmerry realignment site.  we were looking to make sure that water voles were still making a home of some of the pre-existing ditches and … Continue reading

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Bonfire at Florence Pond, Nov 2013

We carried out a bonfire of all dead material created at the start of October by the TCV, and our volunteers, clearing the hedge and cutting back the bramble.  We picked a dryish day and came prepared with fire lighters … Continue reading

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Bushell’s Pond with water in it!

After the hard work in October, when the TCV came and cleared all the bramble form Bushell’s pond, it was great to see that there is finally water in it.  we need to have a continual plan to keep it … Continue reading

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Willow removal from Sheep Dip Pond

Natural succession can slowly fill ponds with vegetation and willow and to maintain biodiversity ponds have to be managed.  Sheep dip pond has had water vole records for the last couple of years but has slowly been over taken by … Continue reading

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Water Vole trapping on Chichester Canal Oct 2013

We had a very enjoyable water vole trapping session on the Chichester canal, the Birdham section, at the beginning of October 2013.  Trapping water voles requires a license from Natural England and must be related to a scientific project that … Continue reading

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Trust for Conservation Volunteers visit

We were lucky enough to have 10 volunteers, and 2 leaders, from the Trust for Conservation Volunteers spend a Water Vole Weekend with us at the start of October.  They spent two and a half days tackling large habitat restoration … Continue reading

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Water Vole Patrol

The water Vole Patrol are a group of volunteers that work in the countryside of the Manhood Peninsula with farmers and other landowners to secure the long term future of the nationally rare and endangered water vole.  The key to … Continue reading

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Water Vole Trapping

We had a great time with Rowenna Baker of Brighton University trapping water vole along the Chichester Canal in May. Sixteen different volunteers helped out over four days with morning and evening sessions, opening up the traps, checking the contents … Continue reading

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Water Vole DNA Study

Email 29 March 2011 – From Jane Reeve, WaterVole Project Officer; Subject: DNA Study ” Dear Water Vole Patrol, I have had an email from Rowena Baker, the PhD student carrying out work on water vole DNA, about trapping water … Continue reading

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