Water vole (photo. A Keech)
2008 is the centenary of The Wind in the Willows so it's the perfect time to launch a joint project involving Water for Wildlife Officers from Essex and Suffolk Wildlife Trusts.
The trusts hope to restore the now endangered 'Ratty' to the River Stour, the boundary between Essex and Suffolk.
Backed by both the Bures Hamlet (Essex) and Bures St Mary (Suffolk) Parish Councils, the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley Project, Daws Hall Trust and the Environment Agency, the very future of the Water Vole on the river relies on the help of landowners and the local community.
The councils are helping to make sure that the banks along the river are maintained so that there is sufficient growth for the voles to move around in and offering advice to land owners.
BBC Essex's Renee Hockley-Byam has been to Bures to meet Parish Councillor Alan Ryman and Darren Tansley from Essex Wildlife Trust. Click on the link below to hear more.
last updated: 03/04/2008 at 10:13