Robert Denny of Cross Keys, Hereford, tells of the eradication of mink making it safe for water voles (From Hereford Times)
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Robert Denny of Cross Keys, Hereford, tells of the eradication of mink making it safe for water voles
3:00pm Sunday 29th April 2012 in Letters
I AM pleased to be able to update Phil Burton of Herefordshire Nature Trust (Hereford Times, April 5).
Mink have been eradicated from the Monnow catchment and water voles are thriving and expanding their ranges along the river Monnow and Dore, making this beautiful corner of Herefordshire one of the very few places in Britain where the iconic water vole exists.
The Monnow Rivers Association has continued with the mink control work initiated by the Game and Wild Conservation Trust in 2006.
We are now supported by a wonderful team of volunteers, who monitor the mink rafts and keep our much cherished minkfree status and the water voles safe.
We have also noticed the welcome return of birds such as the dabchick and moorhen to our rivers since the voracious mink was banished as part of unique project to protect the wildlife of the Monnow Valley.
ROBERT DENNY, Cross Keys, Hereford.
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