18 April 2023

Finding London's water voles

Watch to find out how you can get involved in our new collaborative London Water Vole Recovery Project. We need your help to help identify the existing populations water voles across London, so we can begin to springboard a recovery for the species. 

Report your water vole and mink sightings

How to complete water vole recovery programme form 

This meeting was held on 17 April 2022, but it's not too late to get involved. Play your part in restoring a native species in the city by helping us better understand their current distribution. The London Water Vole Recovery Project is a partnership with People's Trust for Endangered Species, Greenspace Information for Greater London, London Wildlife Trust and supported by the Mayor of London.

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