One of the larger British voles, the dark water vole is now one of our most threatened native mammals.

The vole (sometimes referred to as a ‘water rat’) is an elusive creature, but you may see signs of where the vole has been: such as a small round hole at the entrance to a network of underground tunnels.

There are colonies of voles in The Great Trossachs Forest and we are taking steps to help secure their long-term future in the area. The Trossachs Water Vole Project is committed to the protection of water voles in the Cowal and Trossachs district. This is achieved through monitoring the current water vole population, creating suitable wetland habitat and controlling the numbers of American mink in the area.

This project is supported by:

  • Forestry Commission Scotland
  • Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
  • Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
  • More information about conserving Scotland’s water voles