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On 13th April 2018 we successfully raised £1,117 with 41 supporters in 56 days

We are raising funds to assist our release of water voles into Kielder Forest this summer as part of our Restoring Ratty project.

by Graham Holyoak in Kielder, England, United Kingdom

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.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Thank you and chance to release a water vole!

A big thank you from the whole of the Restoring Ratty team and entry to win one of three chances to release a water vole during our June release. You will also be added to our e-newsletter to keep up to date with the voles you are helping to release with your donation.

£25 or more

Friend of Ratty

Become a friend of the Kielder Water Voles for a year and receive a friendship pack containing a pin badges, car sticker, photos, certificate, children's activities and information on voles and the project. You will also be entered into the draw for the chance to release a water vole.

£50 or more

Name on plaque in Wildlife Hide

Have your name immortalised into our Wildlife Hide on the Kielder Forest Drive which overlooks prime water vole territory and offers the best chance to see water voles in Kielder. You will also become a Friend of Ratty and receive the pack and get entered into the draw to win a chance to release a water vole in June.

£75 or more

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Feed the voles and guided tour

Join us during our release week in June to check the release pens and put carrots and apples in the pens. We will also take you round some of the past release sites looking for signs of water vole. You will also have your name on plaque in the hide, become a friend of Ratty and entry into draw to get the chance to release a vole.

£150 or more

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Release a water vole into Kielder

Come and join us on our June release and let a water vole into the wild! You will get up close to a vole and let it go and if you are lucky get to see it swim away. We will also take you to look for signs of water voles that were released last year as well as the other rewards.

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