As a conservation charity, it's vital that we protect our landscapes, to help conserve the wildlife which calls it home. Every time you visit your local countryside beauty spot, you're helping us achieve this.
How to spot a water vole
You can find water voles along river banks, ponds and streams. They live in burrows, normally near to slow moving water and are often mistaken for greedy rats, because of their brown fur and long tail.
When you’re tracking water voles look out for little piles of chewed plants. You can sometimes see their small star-shaped paw prints in soft mud.
Water vole conservation at Malham Tarn
Around 100 water voles are being reintroduced into Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales. This is the highest water vole reintroduction project ever carried out in Britain.
Our ecologists believe Malham Tarn’s water voles were wiped out in the 1960s by mink, which escaped from fur farms nearby.
We’re reintroducing the water voles as part of our major new vision for land management in the Yorkshire Dales. The voles will play an important part in the ecosystem at Malham Tarn, grazing areas of the riverbank and providing the space for rare plants to grow. The animals also provide an important food source for struggling predators like barn owls and otters.
" In Britain water voles are incredibly rare. We know they have thrived at Malham Tarn in the past. By reintroducing water voles to the Tarn, we hope to give them the chance to recolonise the streams in and around Malham. "