Water vole (Arvicola amphibius) are protected under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). Water vole can be present in ditches, streams, ponds and lakes.
If water voles are found within a works area and disturbance is likely, mitigation to safeguard this species may be required. This can include trapping and translocation or displacement using habitat manipulation (dependent upon the size and permanence of the impact).
A conservation licence from the applicable Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation (SNCO), e.g. Natural England, will be required if capturing Water Voles or if the destruction of their habitat is required.
Potential habitat improvements
Habitat improvements that can be used to mitigate impacts to this species can include planting of food plants, installation of pre-planted coir rolls and rafts and the creation of new ditches and ponds.
ADAS ecologists are experienced at advising upon the necessary surveys and mitigation required in relation to water voles. If you would like to discuss your site-specific needs with our ecologists please do not hesitate to contact us.