Water vole habitat damaged by illegal work

Natural Resources Wales

An investigation’s underway after a water vole habitat was damaged on the north east Anglesey.

Environment officers say they discovered extensive works were being carried out after being tipped off by a member of the public. It later emerged the work was taking place without necessary permits being in place.

Huw Jones from Natural Resources Wales said: ”Works on a main river require permission from us. If landowners are planning to carry out works on rivers or riverbanks, it’s important to ensure that appropriate permissions are in place beforehand.”

”We can then advise on wildlife and environmental constraints as well as ensuring that flood risk is not increased as a result of the proposals.”

”This remains the same during the current lockdown and, as part of our essential work during this period, we will continue to investigate incidents where potential damage has been caused.”

NRW says social distancing measures are in place to continue inquires during the COVID-19 lockdown. Rural crime detectives are also investigating the incident.

Rob Taylor from North Wales Police said: ”Disturbing a protected species such as a water vole, or damaging their habitat, can constitute an offence under UK law.”

”We deal with a variety of wildlife and habitat offences with our colleagues at NRW and during these times that work continues to help protect our countryside and environments.”

Anyone with information about environmental incidents should contact Natural Resources Wales on 03000 65 3000.

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