Preserving wildlife in the Dearne Valley

An otter seen in the Dearne Valley during a recentg wildlife survey.

An otter seen in the Dearne Valley during a recentg wildlife survey.

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A wildlife survey aimed at preserving otters, water voles and other mammals in the Dearne Valley has been launched.

A new partnership of Kingswood Dearne Valley, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Dearne Valley Green Heart Partnership has pooled all of the groups expertise to survey numbers of mammals along the banks of the Rivers Dearne and Don.

The project came about through the Dearne Valley Green Heart Partnership area, which was named as one of 12 Nature Improvement Areas selected by the Government in 2012.

These were intended to reverse the decline of biodiversity and to reconnect habitats across large expanses of land enabling wildlife to move more freely and find food more easily and the wealth of birds and invertebrates that are associated with this riverside habitat.

Both the River Dearne and River Don were seriously polluted during the Industrial Revolution, as they were important transport corridors.

Recent work is helping to re-establish suitable habitat along the two rivers for species including otter, water vole and water shrew and exciting new video shows otters.