This evening, Nicole was sitting by our pond having a cuppa while I was teaching guitar. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw movement. Was it a mouse? Too big. Was it a rat? No, it went for a swim underwater. It was a water vole. And not only one, there were lots.
Quickly, she ran upstairs and got her camera. Then quietly, she returned to the pond and waited. She had only counted to 60 when a little head appeared at the entrance to their burrow. And soon they were scampering about, eating, swimming and doing water voley things.
We are delighted to be able to provide a natural habitat for these wonderful creatures. A little research has told us these are in rapid decline all across the UK. Predation by mink is the main problem, but loss of habitat isn't helping either.
We'll be doing everything we can to help our water voles.