Planet Earth: As if straight out of the cutesy book 'wind in the willows', the good ol and extremely photogenic water voles ( Arvicola amphibius ) returns from the brink of UK extinction.



water voles ( Arvicola amphibius ) returns from the brink of UK extinction.
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As if straight out of the cutesy book 'wind in the willows', the good ol and extremely photogenic water voles ( Arvicola amphibius ) returns from the brink of UK extinction, with a little help from the human hands that orchestrated its near extinction in the first place.
As such, Kielder Forest in Northumberland, England will now get to see 700 Scottish highlander water voles invade and conquer its lush and serene country setting in the summer of 2017.
Not by accident, nor is it born in a devious water vole plot to reclaim the mainland of the United Kingdom.
Instead, this is one of the many wonderful rewilding wildlife and sustainable projects going on in Europe right now.








The Contemporary human factor.

The water vole has had a rough time in good ol England for quite some time having had to withstand 90% of its population being wiped out due to the blind and deaf human hand.















2050AD
[ Oceans run the risk of having more total weight of plastic than fish.]










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“Water voles belong here and are an essential element of our wild and watery places. It’s terribly sad to have witnessed such huge declines of this lovely mammal in my lifetime. We’re doing everything we can to help bring them back.”
- Kelly Hollings, of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust.











On one hand, the friendly furball known as the water vole ended up out conquered by invading minks which were brought to England courtesy of the inhuman mink farms which the cunning mink rightfully escaped from. And on the other hand, as if that was not enough, the water vole also had to suffer from diminishing natural areas suitable for habitat, due to the negligence and land claims and pollution courtesy of homo sapiens.
And with less than 10% of its population remaining in the wild things were just not looking very good for the iconic water vole, at least not in England.











But on the other side of the border in the land of the highlanders, the water vole was still thriving, living happily far away from UK coal and pollution and escaped minks, and as such, after a few years of hard work and precious time and dedication being spent on securing a suitable natural sanctuary free of pollution and invading humans and minks alike England will now import 700 happy Scottish water voles in the summer of 2017 and hopefully this crew of 700 happy water voles will take to their new English home with reckless abandon and wildly joyous success.











And if they do, the return of the water vole will be one more conservation initiative giving us yet another successful European rewilding story.






















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