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More furry friends will be out on county rivers thanks to funding boost
NATURE lovers may be spotting more furry friends on two county rivers thanks to a substantial funding boost.
The Monnow Rivers Association (MRA) together with the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) received £48,000 from SITA Trust – an ethical funding organisation dedicated to improving the natural environment – to launch the Water Voles on the Wye project.
The money will be used to boost the number of water voles on the River Wye and River Monnow.
Water voles are said to be the country’s fastest declining mammal due to a loss of their habitat and because many fall victim to the American mink.
The project will implement two years of mink control, including trapping, and give the voles chance to colonise new areas on the rivers.
Rob Denny, projects officer with the MRA, said: “This project is an exciting opportunity to build on the successful work of the MRA, protecting and expanding the Monnow's existing water vole populations and to take an important step toward the recovery of this iconic species across two countries and three counties.”
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