Monday, March 03, 2008

Small Furry Creatures

a water vole As you know from the Redbridge Biodiversity Action Plan, Redbridge has a small population of water vole along River Roding and a captive breeding programme at Foxburrows Farm in Hainault Forest, so I thought you'd be interested in the recent announcement from DEFRA, which comes into effect on 6th April:

DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS News Release (News Release ref :58/08) issued by The Government News Network on 26 February 2008. Click.

The water vole will receive extra protection, Joan Ruddock, Minister for Biodiversity today announced. The water vole together with the angel shark, roman snail, spiny seahorse, and short-snouted seahorse will gain protection against being killed, injured, or taken from the wild from 6 April. They will join the list of wildlife species such as the otter and grass snake that already enjoy protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. I am sure you will agree this is very good news!

Fiona

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