Ratty re­turns to Northum­ber­land

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

RATTY has re­turned to Kielder For­est, in Northum­ber­land, af­ter an ab­sence of 30 years. The Kielder Wa­ter Vole Part­ner­ship re­leased 325 wa­ter­v­oles on Wed­nes­day, June 14, with a sec­ond re­lease planned for Au­gust. ‘Wa­ter­v­oles are wa­ter­way gar­den­ers—lit­tle en­gin- eers cre­at­ing a habi­tat struc­ture for other wildlife to en­joy,’ says Kelly Hollings, who looks af­ter the project for the Northum­ber­land Wildlife Trust. ‘As a mother of three young chil­dren, it fills me with such joy that their gen­er­a­tion will be able to en­joy spot­ting [voles] in the re­gion’s rivers.’

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