Save water vole from extinction in Wandsworth and Richmond

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Save water vole from extinction in Wandsworth and Richmond

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Year 5 Rutherford House School started this petition to Wandsworth and Richmond Council

Please sign our petition today and take the Vole Vow, and leave a comment.

What's special about water voles? The water vole is a much-loved British mammal better known as ‘Ratty’ in the children’s classic The Wind in the Willows. Unfortunately, the future of this charming riverside creature is in peril; the water vole needs urgent help to survive in the UK.

Water voles are a vital part of river ecosystems. Their burrowing, feeding and movements help to create conditions for other animals and plants to thrive - a bit like beavers do, but on a much smaller scale.

Why do water voles need protecting? Water voles have suffered huge declines as a result of habitat loss, pollution of waterways, industrialisation of agriculture, housing development and predation by American mink which were brought to the UK for fur farming. Once a regular sight in ditches, streams and rivers across the UK, water voles are now absent across much of the country.

Please sign this petition and take the Vole Vow to promise that you will support the:

  • commitment of decision makers to save the water vole
  • councils (local government) to work together to prepare habitat and protect rivers from pollution 
  • monitoring, and control, of the American mink
  • local governments to work with landowners, and provide grants to return stretches of river banks to a ‘wild’ state
  • planting of flora that water voles eat and shelter in
  • reintroduction of new colonies of water vole.

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This petition made change with 52,519 supporters!