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Adorable rare water voles rehomed in Barking Riverside

PUBLISHED: 09:24 11 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:39 11 August 2016

Picture: Barking Riverside Limited

Picture: Barking Riverside Limited

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Water voles – the country’s most endangered mammal – have been given a boost in the borough.

The shy critter peeking out of a Pringles tube prior to release. Picture: Barking Riverside Limited The shy critter peeking out of a Pringles tube prior to release. Picture: Barking Riverside Limited

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.

Picture: Barking Riverside Limited Picture: Barking Riverside Limited

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.”

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