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Important water vole news

A new NaturePlan website has been launched to engage members of the pubic – in Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland – in vital plans to enhance local habitats and species.

Water voles are found south of Tyne and Wear areas, but they have disappeared from 94% of places they were once prevalent. But a new project is aiming to gather essential information to help shape a Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS), focusing on restoring nature (not just water voles), combating climate change and achieving wider environmental and social benefits. The new NaturePlan website is packed with information about the local area and includes an interactive biodiversity map. It will also serve as the go-to place for progress updates as the strategy evolves. Anneliese Hutchinson, Interim Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth at Gateshead Council: “NaturePlan will provide a roadmap for nature’s recovery, supporting efforts to tackle the ecological and climate emergencies and benefiting the health and wellbeing of our communities.”