St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

27 May

Water Vole Wanders

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST

Water vole (photo by Ian Traynor)
Water vole (photo by Ian Traynor)

Join us for a Water Vole Wander along Osbaldwick Beck and find out all about water voles on St Nicks through activities for all ages. Wanders, lasting around 45 minutes, will start from the Environment Centre at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, and will include:

  • A short introduction to water voles and our work to conserve them at St Nicks.
  • A walk to the beck to learn about water vole habitats and to see some of their burrows and favourite foods.
  • Checking of survey rafts for signs of activity such as droppings, footprints and food remains.
  • An opportunity to help our water voles thrive by planting native plants. This provides the water voles with their favourite food sources and helps connect isolated populations of this highly endangered species along St Nicks becks.
  • Learning about other wildlife living along the becks such as kingfishers, grey wagtails and dragonflies.

Throughout the afternoon there will be pond dipping, water vole raft building and storytelling taking place in the Environment Centre garden, and light refreshments available by donation. Copies of Tom Moorhouse children’s story books about water voles – The River Singers and The Rising – will be available to buy on the day.

Two Ridings Community Foundation LogoThe event is funded by the York Flood Appeal Fund managed by Two Ridings Community Foundation. It is part of our York Becks Project.

Free entry, donations welcome. No booking needed.

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