I just got the request below for any Mink records. I have been through the Rye Nats records and found one from 2013. Has anyone in the Scarborough Nats seen any Mink at all please?
Water Vole Project
The North York Moors has small but valuable populations of water vole in the upper catchments of the Esk, Murk Esk and Leven. Volunteers have been surveying these populations for the last 15 years and have seen declines similar to those seen across the country.
This decline is mainly due to loss and fragmentation of bankside habitat (vegetation), alterations to river management and the spread of American mink (a destructive and invasive non-native predator of water vole – and many other native species). Though much habitat improvement and connectivity work has, and is currently being carried out, we must tackle the mink problem.
To do this, we first need to understand the numbers and movements of mink, through collating records. This knowledge will hopefully lead to coordinated trapping, allowing water vole recolonization and possible reintroductions to areas they were lost from, and also benefits to the entire river system.
Please could you help and report any American mink sightings to Sam at the National Park by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone him on 01439 772700.
This Exploited Land of Iron Trainee
North York Moors National Park Authority
The Old Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley, York YO62 5BP
Telephone: 01439 772700