|More habitat management at the Morfa Berwig water vole project site|
The Environment Agency, key partners in the Llanelli Water Vole Action Group, have created three ponds at the Morfa Berwig water vole project site. This will provide valuable new habitat for the water vole population there and the use of the new habitat by the voles as it develops will be monitored. As the population here is thought to be fragmented from the main population on the other side of the A484 at Penclacwydd, the provision of new wetland habitat should help the population survive here. Led by the Environment Agency’s biodiversity officers, their machine operators carefully excavated the ponds and formed banks using the excavated material. These banks when they become vegetated will be useful feeding habitat and used to create burrows by the voles.
In addition, using funding from the Countryside Council for Wales, a contractor undertook extensive scrub clearance on the site focusing on a field that had become dominated by bramble scrub that was smothering the grassland underneath. Areas of bramble were left for nesting birds and alongside the watercourse where it id know to be used by water voles during the winter. The contractor also opened a short length of path that had become overgrown improving the access to this field.