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Spot an endangered species

Spot an endangered species

An initiative by the Manhood Wildlife & Heritage Group later this spring will help wildlife fans to spot the most endangered native mammal in Britain, the tiny water vole.

A special training session, on Saturday 27 March from 10am to 1pm at Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve, will be led by Sarah Hughes, Manhood Wildlife Project Officer. The session will help participants to distinguish the vole’s distinctive feeding signs, droppings and burrows in order to survey the creatures as part of their annual monitoring in the area. The first part of the session will be classroom based and the second part will be out on site, looking at the water vole habitats and their signs.

There will then be a site allocation meeting from 1pm to 3pm to enable trained and non-trained water vole surveyors to pick sites for surveying in the coming season.

The session is available to Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group volunteers, as well as any new would-be vole spotters who would like to get involved.

Please wear suitable clothes and footwear (some waders will be available on the day). See here for directions to Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve.

If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Hughes, Manhood Wildlife Project Officer

Tel: 01243 521131

Mobile: 07765 175494

Email: shughes@chichester.gov.uk