We were so grateful to receive help from our NWT colleagues Anthony, Geoff, Duncan, Jennifer, Alice, Sophie and Elaine. One advantage of lockdown was that we felt so much more connected as a Trust, and felt like a large team rather than all working away on our individual projects and tasks. Thank you all for your time, we couldn’t have done it without you.
Volunteering was suspended on Forestry England land until August, hence Graham and I were again reminded of how valuable our volunteers are, and how much work they do for Ratty! Fortunately, the weather was kind and Graham and I were out every week surveying and checking the mink rafts. It was nice to have some human contact, at a safe distance of course!
August came along and we were able to welcome back our lead volunteers, (hooray!) and during the month we released a further 134 water voles. We have moved down to the dam end of Kielder for our releases now, see below.