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New Water Vole Habitats Created

water voles aberystwyth£4,000 of funding from the Pond Digging Fund has led to the creation of two new ponds for water voles.

A recent survey by Ceredigion County Council had shown a drop in the number of water voles living in the Parc Y Llyn area of Aberystwyth.

After this survey the council and the Environment Agency decided to take action to steady the population.

Earlier this year, the two organisations ran a project to build new ditches and wet areas in Parc Y Llyn, and a number of volunteers and people with community sentences all pitched in to do their bit.

The original scheme saw the clearing of scrub land and trees to create a more water vole friendly habitat around ditches and edge of the river Rheidol with the help of Million Ponds Project and Biffaward. The ditches run along the edge of the railway line, and behind the new council offices.

The latest funding has allowed the council to dig two new ponds, full of clear clean water, along with another ditch to ensure that the water vole population stabilises and hopefully increases.

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