Barnsley Biodiversity Action Plan. Post-15 BAP. Updated to 2023




Water Vole Conservation

There is potential through local conservation measures to increase the numbers and distribution of Water Vole in Barnsley.

Factors causing loss or decline

Good practice in conservation management for Water Vole:

Legal protection.

Water Voles are fully protected under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981.

It is an offence whether on purpose or by not taking enough care to

It also has the same protection as other mammals from deliberate cruelty under the Wild Mammals Protection Act.

Water Vole is a Section 41 species of principal importance for conservation and as such need to be taken into consideration by any public body in managing their estate. NERC Act (2006))


Standing Advice [surveys and mitigation]

Mammal Society information signs

PTES information

Associated Local Priority Habitats

Water Vole