Championing species to help Gwent Wildlife Trust's rare animal project.

Tuesday 14th November 2017

Vote for GWT's #VoteVoles campaign to save endangered water volesPhoto: Neil Aldridge

A Welsh politician is appealing for people to support Gwent Wildlife Trust’s bid to save one of Wales’ most threatened native animals – the water vole.

Assembly Member John Griffiths, is backing Gwent Wildlife Trust's  #VoteVoles campaign to protect water voles on the waterways between Newport and Cardiff.

AM for Newport East, Mr Griffiths, who is the Wildlife Trust Champion for water voles in Wales, said: “I am passionate about conservation and issues of habitat loss, pollution and intensive agriculture have a detrimental impact on nature in Wales, particularly for one of the UK’s most endangered creatures; the water vole.

“As the Wildlife Trust Champion for water voles, I am pleased to show my support for Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Saving the Wentloog Water Voles campaign and would encourage everyone to #VoteVoles.”

Gwent Wildlife Trust (GWT) are delighted to have the backing of former Welsh Government Environment Minister, Mr Griffiths.

The Trust has until November 21, to secure enough votes from the general public to help them to get up to £25,000 in Aviva Community funding, to help endangered water voles.

GWT’s Project Development Officer Alice Rees explained: “We want people to get involved in our Saving the Wentloog Water Voles Project, but we can only carry out this vital work to save the water voles, if we get enough votes from the general public.
“Winning the Aviva Community funding would be fantastic. It would allow us to expand our water vole project and get more people, landowners, children and schools involved, on the ground, monitoring and surveying the Wentloog Levels, for these wonderful and precious mammals.
“The funding would enable us to work with local communities and in doing so, ultimately, together we can help to save one of the most endangered animals in Britain.”
“We are grateful to John Griffiths for his support and on behalf of the water voles, we ask everyone else to support us too and #VoteVoles asap.”

You can vote for GWT’s Saving the Wentloog Water Voles project here

And as well as voting, GWT are asking people to share the link via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #VoteVoles

In 2012, GWT successfully re-introduced water voles back onto their Magor Marsh nature reserve on the Gwent Levels. Normally, the charity say they would expect water voles to travel naturally to colonise nearby areas. However, they believe the mouth of the River Usk could be preventing water voles moving across from either side of the Gwent Levels.
And while GWT do not plan on using the Aviva funding to build a bridge, the cash would allow them to do vital survey and monitoring work with local people, to discover more about the Wentloog Levels and water vole populations.
If successful in their funding bid, the research work GWT are planning could result in increased numbers of water voles on the Wentloog Levels.

People have until next Tuesday, (November 21) to #VoteVoles and can vote up to ten times per email address. So, if you have multiple email addresses, you can #VoteVoles up to ten times, on each of these individual email addresses too.