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Water Vole Surveys By Whitcher Wildlife

Whitcher Wildlife Ltd has experience in all aspects of water vole surveying and mitigation. We have prepared mitigation strategies for work in areas with water voles and have held licences to enable exclusion works to be carried out. We also have several surveyors licenced to carry out works under Natural England’s licence to displace water voles for development works (CL31).

Surveys for water voles are optimally carried out between March and October although habitat assessments can be carried out at any time of year. The surveys require an initial assessment of the habitats present followed by a detailed survey to look for water vole field signs in the form of burrows, prints, latrines, runs and feeding remains.

Our surveyors are experienced and equipped to carry out water vole surveys on all sites. Initial assessments can be carried out from on the banks, using binoculars, from within the water, using wellies or waders (where safe to do so) and we also have a boat enabling us to safely carry out detailed surveys where the habitat will not allow safe access into the water using wellies or waders.

The findings of our water vole surveys will be prepared into a comprehensive report outlining the survey findings, evaluating the impacts of any proposed works and making any recommendations necessary.

Where water voles are identified as being present our team will guide you through the licence application and mitigation process and will advise on the working methods most suitable to enable works to be carried out. If displacement or translocation works are required we will apply for the appropriate licence and carry out the exclusion works.

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