Funding boost for Kent’s threatened wildlife

Wednesday 25th July 2012

water vole on the waters edge © Greg HitchcockWater vole

Kent Wildlife Trust is celebrating the news that it has received £84,000 funding from SITA Trust to help protect endangered water voles on the North Kent Marshes.

The North Kent Marshes is a county stronghold for water voles, but to date there has been no co-ordinated project to protect and monitor them. They are under attack in this region due to predation by non-native American mink, and are the fastest declining small mammal in the county.

Chloe Sadler, Kent Wildlife Trust’s Water for Wildlife Officer, said: “Thanks to SITA Trust’s funding we will now be able to carry out surveys, enhance habitats and control the American mink to allow populations of this rare and charismatic mammal to recover and expand across the Marshes. We will be adopting best practice nationally and from other Wildlife Trusts.”

Jools Granville of SITA Trust said: “We are delighted to be able to support this project aimed at protecting one of our rarest mammals and to work with Kent Wildlife Trust and its volunteers.”

SITA Trust provides funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is available for projects that enhance communities and enrich nature.

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