THE common Scottish water vole is being wiped out by predatory American mink that are sweeping across the countryside, a conservation expert warned yesterday.
GALLIVANTING males with a similar degree of sexual restraint to Rasputin may soon be able to seek genetic help in curtailing their polygamous tendencies.
THE tiny water vole was immortalised in print as the clever and resourceful Ratty in Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic, The Wind in the Willows.
UP TO 100 water voles are to be moved from the site of a huge, new West Lothian housing development at a cost of £100,000.
MOVING home is always going to be an expensive business in the Lothians, especially if you’re a water vole.
IT IS most famously depicted living a life of ease among the rustling leaves of willow trees on the sleepy banks of English rivers.
A BID to protect one of Britain’s most endangered native animal species from regional extinction gets under way today.
A PREVIOUSLY unknown colony of water voles has been found on a wildlife reserve in West Lothian.
ONE of Britain’s most endangered animals has been found thriving on a Scottish reserve by an Edinburgh University student.
RATTY is a "worthy fellow, with many good qualities, but very little intelligence and absolutely no education".
THE UK’s fastest declining mammal, the water vole, is being poisoned due to its similarity to the brown rat, wildlife campaigners said today.
WATER voles have been wiped out along the Union Canal in West Lothian it is feared after a survey by a leading wildlife group.