Posted: Mon 4th May 2020

Investigation launched into damage to water vole habitat on Anglesey

North Wales news and information
This article is old - Published: Monday, May 4th, 2020

A joint investigation has been launched after damage was caused to a water vole habitat on Anglesey.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and North Wales Police’s (NWP) Rural Crime Team are looking into reports from a member of the public regarding an incident which occurred on the north east area of the island.

Environment officers attended and discovered extensive work had been carried out without the necessary permits.

As a category one emergency responder, the Welsh Government sponsored body has a duty to respond to environmental incidents.

NRW said measures had been put in place to ensure investigations can continue during lockdown, whilst complying with the coronavirus social distancing guidelines.

Huw Jones, Environment Team Leader for Anglesey and Arfon 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.”

Rob Taylor, NWP Rural Crime Team Manager added: “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.”

To report an environmental incident, please contact NRW’s freephone hotline, open 24/7, on 03000 65 3000.

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