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Water Vole Surveys

The water vole is an aquatic mammal that lives around the margins of rivers, streams, canals, ponds and lakes. Water vole and its habitat are fully protected in the UK and are therefore a material consideration during site development requiring planning permission, or during wetland management and maintenance.

Water vole surveys are essential where the species or its habitat might be disturbed during development or site maintenance. Water vole surveys can be undertaken at any time of the year, however definitive studies of activity should be undertaken during the optimum period between late April – early October.

Historically we have undertaken many miles of water vole survey along the banks/margins of numerous watercourses and waterbodies.


Example contracts include:

  • Smith-Gore: Southport Old Links. A water vole survey and management strategy for drainage ditches on the West Lancashire Mosslands, where water voles were found to be occupying a ditch system in excess of 6.5km. 

  • United Utilities Plc: Water vole surveys have been undertaken on a range of sites throughout Lancashire and Greater Manchester as part of site infrastructure maintenance.

  • Highways Agency - A5 / M6 toll road improvement scheme, Leicestershire.

  • Highways Agency – A1M upgrade, River Nidd and tributaries North Yorkshire.

  • National Grid Gas Pipelines in Cumbria, Humberside, Lancashire, and Cheshire.