30% Decline in Water Vole Areas

The areas in which water voles are living in England and Wales have declined by nearly 30% in a decade, according to a new study by the Wildlife Trusts.

Alex Learmont from Surrey Wildlife Trust gave a talk to the FNW group last April about the country’s fastest declining mammal.  Remember if you’d like to help search for “Ratty” in Surrey please email alex.learmont@surreywt.org.uk.

[photo © Nick Ford]

Little Flexford development rejected

Guildford BC has rejected the proposal for 25 houses to be built on the Little Flexford Site of Nature Conservation Importance.

The proposed scheme’s material harm to the SNCI and potential for adverse effects on the Ash Ranges Special Protection Area (designated for its international importance as part of the Thames Basin heathlands) are two of the reasons for rejection, as well as the development being in the Green Belt and the impact on the character of the site and the surrounding area.

Please do report any interesting wildlife you see on the site or nearby as it helps to protect this important wildlife site.