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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 26.3 February 2015

Restoring Ratty to his riverbank

By - Derek Gow, Rob Strachan, Rebecca Northey, Katy Anderson, Róisín Campbell-Palmer

The authors provide an overview of Water Vole reintroductions from 2001 to 2014.

When Stephanie Roden Ryder, in 1962, wrote her excellent book on Water Voles Arvicola amphibius for the Sunday Times series on British Mammals, she stated that ‘wherever there is good water contained in firm banks then you may be sure to find signs of Water Vole habitation’ (Roden Ryder 1962). By the time she made this observation it is very likely that this seemingly perpetual idyll was poised on the brink of collapse.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist