Creating a living landscape free of mink

A MINK-TRAPPING training day run by BASC was attended by seven members of the local community in the Alyn and Wheeler Valleys Living Landscape Area.

The Alun and Chwiler Living Landscape project, delivered by North Wales Wildlife Trust, focuses on the Alun and Chwiler river corridors by restoring, recreating and reconnecting wildlife habitats and engaging with local people.

Volunteers trained by BASC will monitor mink rafts and traps on both rivers to detect the presence of mink and then trap them in a co-ordinated manner. American mink, an alien species, can devastate water vole colonies even if the habitat is perfect.

Audrey Watson, BASC’s Green Shoots Wales Officer said: “It is great to see local people volunteering to help with such an important project.

“We have been working with the Wildlife Trust in North Wales for many years and this course will help us fill more gaps in our network of controllers and thus improve our chance of reducing mink numbers to allow our native species to thrive.”

Amy Green, North Wales Wildlife Trust’s Alun and Chwiler Living Landscape project officer, said: “BASC has been great to work with and sharing knowledge in this way has been beneficial to us and those helping with the project.”

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