Yorkshire Water is set to release more than 100 water voles at Timble Ings Woods in the Washburn Valley, part of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Water Voles are believed to be one of the fastest declining mammals in Britain, losing 97% of their former geographical range and are identified as a key species for conservation in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Timble Ings Woods is owned and managed by Yorkshire Water and is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation. Work carried out by the water company has kept watercourses free of tree coverage and allowed bankside vegetation to grow, making it ideal for water voles.
Lee Pitcher, head of partnerships at Yorkshire Water, said: “As Yorkshire’s second largest landowner we’re committed to ensuring our land protects the management of water, but also to benefits the environment by delivering exceptional land for the people of Yorkshire. One of the aims of our Land Strategy is to enable plants and wildlife to thrive on Yorkshire Water land. The work we’ve undertaken at Timble Ings Woods makes it a fantastic habitat for water voles and is important for the protection of this vulnerable species.”