The Restoring Ratty team is hoping to raise £5,000 to help with the next release of water voles back into Kielder Water & Forest Park in summer 2018.
Known to many people as the charming character ‘Ratty’ from the The Wind in the Willows, the water vole is Britain's fastest declining wild mammal and has disappeared from many parts of the country where it was once so common.
Although the Restoring Ratty project is largely funded by money raised by National Lottery players through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the team still needs to source additional funding to help with its 2018 water vole releases. In 2017, teams were able to successfully release over 500 water voles into suitable areas of Kielder Forest.
Your contributions will enable our dedicated staff and volunteers to place approximately 500 voles into over 100 release pens in the remote parts of Kielder. We are aiming to carry out two releases in 2018, in June and August.
Once the pens are in place, they must be visited daily to ensure the voles are well fed and healthy whilst they get used to their new surroundings, before being released after several days.
We have created this Crowdfunding page that will be live from Saturday 17th February through to Friday 13th April in the hope that you can help us to restore Ratty to his rightful place in Kielder Forest by choosing the amount you would like to donate.
Along with the gift you receive for each level of financial support you are able to provide, you will be entered into a draw to join us for the once in a lifetime opportunity to release your own water vole at Kielder on Saturday 16th June 2018.
Thank you from all of the Restoring Ratty Team
To see what we have been doing please watch the video below.