One of the UK's most endangered mammals is getting a conservation boost this summer when 100 water voles are released into a specially-designed habitat in Powys.
Llangorse lake will be the new home for the young voles, as part of an ongoing scheme by the Environment Agency to arrest the species' decline. Speaking to the North Wales Daily Post, Environment Agency Wales' biodiversity officer Stuart Craxford said, "We intend this project to be the first of many re-introductions to suitable sites across Wales.
"To complement the releases, we're improving the network of drainage ditches around Llangorse, creating new ponds and undertaking tree management work.
"This will encourage the plant growth that provides the essential cover and food water voles need."