Help Christine's Water Vole Campaign!
- Wednesday 19th November 2014
Fluffy coats, twitchy noses and bright beady eyes ... it's hard to resist the charms of a water vole!
But these enigmatic creatures – once widespread across the UK – have suffered dramatic population decline over recent years. A combination of poor watercourse management, unsympathetic farming practices and predation have wiped out water voles from many areas and left remaining populations teetering in the balance.
Christine Gregory – an author, photographer and naturalist – has been studying water voles in one of their few remaining strongholds: the Derbyshire Dales. She is compiling a unique and compelling insight into the lives of Derbyshire's water voles, captured through her delightful photographic images.
Christine is now looking to use her images and words to create a book that will raise awareness of the plight of the UK's water voles, as well as offer a beautifully crafted documentation of their lives. The book will be similar in format to her much-loved Brown Hares in the Derbyshire Dales, which was published in 2012.
How you can help!
Christine has set up a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for the creation of her new book. The campaign's web page enables those wanting to support the project to pledge a contribution in exchange for certain rewards. These range from a signed copy of the book to wildlife-spotting days in the Derbyshire Dales led by Christine (groups can be up to four people).
The funds raised will support Christine in her extensive research over the coming months, contribute to the cost of production, and help Christine in her efforts to spread the word about the book and water vole conservation. It is intended that the book will be published in early autumn 2015.