Adorable rare water voles rehomed in Barking Riverside
PUBLISHED: 09:24 11 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:39 11 August 2016
Water voles – the country’s most endangered mammal – have been given a boost in the borough.
Barking Riverside is one of the few places where the creatures - best known as “Ratty” from Wind In The Willows - can still be seen in the wild.
Now more than 40 have been relocated to a specially-designed new habitat on the estate.
The ponds, funded by Barking Riverside Limited, were built on advice from Natural England and the Environment Agency to make sure the critters have the perfect conditions - including “mink rafts” to monitor predators.
Consultant ecologist Harry Smith explained how people can help the rare creatures: “In the unlikely event residents spot any unusual animals, such as American mink, I encourage them to report their sightings to Barking Riverside Limited, so the team can track any potential dangers.”