Endangered water voles welcomed
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