Tyne & Wear

Kielder Forest project to reintroduce water voles

Water vole Image copyright Durham Wildlife Trust
Image caption After a long decline, it is hoped the project will help bring the water vole back to Kielder's riverbanks

A £40,000 project to reintroduce the water vole to Kielder Forest in Northumberland is under way.

Thought to now be absent in the Kielder area, the water vole population has seen a long decline in the North East.

Now, more than £40,000 awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), will help reintroduce the animal back into its natural home at Kielder Forest.

A Northumberland Wildlife Trust spokesman said it gives the water vole a "real hope" of returning to the area.

The project is being jointly run but the Tyne Rivers Trust, the Forestry Commission and Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

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