En­dan­gered wa­ter voles wel­comed

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Roundabout -

The en­dan­gered wa­ter vole has been dis­cov­ered liv­ing in a pond at Hole Park near Rol­ven­den. De­scribed by the Bri­tish Wildlife Centre as the most en­dan­gered mam­mal in the UK, with 90% dis­ap­pear­ing in the last seven years, the semi­aquatic wild crea­ture was once a com­mon sight along Bri­tain’s wa­ter­ways. Hole Park’s owner Ed­ward Barham said “We were sur­prised to find that wa­ter voles are liv­ing in the foun­tain pond next to our house rather than in the more nat­u­ralised ar­eas of the gar­den where we have a much larger pond with mud banks.” Vis­i­tors to Hole Park can also see other wildlife around the gar­dens in­clud­ing but­ter­flies, drag­on­flies and birds, take wood­land walks and en­joy light lunches in the coach house. The gar­dens are open on Wed­nes­days and Thurs­days in the summer.

For in­for­ma­tion call 01580 241344 or visit www.holepark.com

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