DEFRA announces plans to protect water voles from being intentionally or recklessley killed

Despite appearances it’s not all doom and gloom in the world. We have bought you sad stories on Boatquays , the Maidstone River Festival and Red Diesel today, so here at MBM we thought you could all do with some cheering up.

From April 6, water voles will be protected in the wild, which should put paid to their declining numbers.

A number of partnership projects in the Northumberland and Durham areas have been successful in securing water vole populations, with the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Water Vole Project being the latest initiative to launch.

In the North Pennines AONB, the Environment Agency, working in partnership with Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria Wildlife Trusts and the North Pennines AONB Partnership, secured funding to protect existing water vole populations and link populations together to secure their long-term survival. Habitat creation and improvement work will be done over the next three years.

And if that’s not enough to put a smile on your face just take a look at the picture.