The National Trust will be reintroducing the Water Vole into the Yorkshire Dales after 50 years of the species absence there.
The Water Vole has declined by 90% in the UK. One of the leading causes for the species decline is habitat loss. This was reported in 2013.
In 2013 it was also reported that66% of Britain's wildlife was in decline. Habitat is a leading driving force in the decline in the UK's wildlife. The water vole is no different.
Releasing these water voles back into the Yorkshire Dales offers fresh hope for the species.
The animals will be released slowly into the wild. In the first two days they will be placed on a cage next to their new home. So they can get used to it, and familiar with their new surroundings. On the third day they will be released. The animals will still have food provided for them for two more days, until human help is removed, and they learn to live in the wild on their own.