Water vole habitat creation at Canley Brook
Having undertaken a water vole (Arvicola terrestris) and otter (Lutra lutra) survey along Canley Brook, the findings of which suggest the presence of one of the very few populations of water voles left in Coventry, The Living Environment Trust led on the first steps in the Habitat Restoration programme that was suggested within the recommendations outlined within the survey report.
Accordingly, a Himalayan Balsam eradication event took place with the help of volunteers from the local community, in order to create a more suitable habitat for the population of water voles inhabiting the brook. The eradication was followed by the plantation of suitable vegetation for water voles. The project was undertaken on an 800m section in 2 days, with the help of 14 volunteers.