Water voles reintroduced

Water voles are to be released into a Hampshire river where it's believed they've been locally extinct for five years

VIDEO: Water Voles released by conservationists

Water voles have been struggling to survive, almost being killed off by mink and losing much of their natural habitat. So before it was too late conservationists stepped in to give them a helping hand.

They were bred in captivity in large numbers and today the first were set free at an ideal location in the south to go it alone. Our cameras were there to capture a very special moment for the creatures and their carers. Malcolm Shaw reports.

Water voles released in Hampshire

Water vole
Water vole ready for release Credit: ITV Meridian

Water voles has been released into a Hampshire river where they've been locally extinct for five years.

More than 400 of the animals are being set free today in the Meon Valley by the Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve

Water vole released into river
Water vole being released into a Hampshire river Credit: ITV Meridian
Water vole in tank
Water vole ready for release into river Credit: ITV Meridian

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Water voles to be reintroduced in Hampshire

Up to 500 of the animals are to be set free today in the Meon Valley Credit: ITV Meridian

Water voles are to be released into a Hampshire river where it's believed they've been locally extinct for five years. Up to 500 of the animals are to be set free today in the Meon Valley.