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Video: Hungry voles at RSPB Saltholme

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A WILDLIFE centre is offering visitors free admission – as long as they bring apples and carrots.

That’s because RSPB Saltholme needs help to feed their cute water voles. From now until the end of July, visitors will be admitted free as long as they bring the food.

Assistant warden, Dean Heward, said water voles were swimming in the ditch at an area known as the Wildlife Watchpoint cut, which is an open channel in the reed bed,

Dean said: “I decided to try and tempt them closer to the hide, so that visitors could see them.”

The move involved leaving trails of diced carrot. And it paid off, with lots of creatures being attracted to the food.

The tempting snacks proved particularly popular with water voles, bank voles and wood mice.

“A drawback however, is the amount of carrots and apples we are going through,” explained Dean.

Lydia Tague, Saltholme’s marketing officer, said: “Asking for apples and carrots, instead of our usual £4 per car entry fee, seems like a great way of allowing as many people as possible to see these fantastic creatures.”

RSPB Saltholme is open from 10am until 5pm daily.

For more information on activities at the site, visit www.rspb.org.uk/saltholme.

 

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