The Gwent Levels Water Vole Project

water vole, magor marsh, gwent wildlife trustWater vole at Magor Marsh

Once a common sight on the Gwent Levels, the European water vole has suffered catastrophic declines in past years; a trend reflected across the UK. Read below what Gwent Wildlife Trust are doing to help reverse this trend.

Project overview

The Gwent Levels Water Vole project has a number of broad aims which will enable us to protect the rare water vole:

  1. To maintain a good habitat structure at Magor Marsh reserve which will allow water voles, and many other rare species, to thrive well into the future.
  2. To work with landowners across the Gwent Levels to promote good habitat management on a wider scale, with the vision of water voles once again being a common sight in the area.
  3. To maintain a robust mink monitoring and control program on the Gwent levels, centred around Magor Marsh reserve.

The project has been funded by Biffa Award, a multi-million pound environment fund managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT), which utilises landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services, as well as Environment Wales and the Countryside Council for Wales.