Water Vole Mitigation


This course will be delivered to booked delegates remotely via Teams across two sessions.

Delegates must be willing to actively contribute to small group discussions during the Teams sessions, using a device with their camera and audio turned on.


This course covers the impacts of different types of development on water voles and the options for mitigation. It will have a particular focus on determining the most appropriate approach to relocating water voles, by either trapping or use of the displacement technique, following the Water Vole Mitigation Handbook published in April 2016. The principles of displacement will be discussed in particular detail. The basic principles of trapping will also be discussed though this topic is covered in greater detail on CIEEM’s 'Water Vole Live Trapping, Care and Restoration' training course.

This course is aimed at experienced practitioners (intermediate or advanced level) which complements our practical training on 'Water Vole Live Trapping, Care and Restoration'.

Those attending should have a good understanding of water vole ecology and survey techniques as these topics will not be covered during the course (we recommend attending the Water Vole Ecology and Surveys course first).


Session Date of session Session Times
Session 1 02 May 2024 9:30am - 13:00
Session 2 03 May 2024 9:30am - 13:00

Who Should Attend?

Consultants, LPA Ecologists, conservation officers in SNCOs or NGOs

Knowledge Level

Intermediate - Advanced

Prior Knowledge

It is assumed that those attending the mitigation course have attended the ‘Water Vole Ecology and Surveys’ course, or are already experienced in undertaking water vole surveys and have a good understanding of the background ecology of the species.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of the legislation relating to water voles.
  • Ability to assess the impacts of a development proposal on water voles.
  • Ability to design an appropriate mitigation strategy.
  • In depth understanding of the displacement technique, its limitations, and practical implementation.
  • Understanding of the basic principles of live capture, care and translocation of water voles


Tickets Person(s) Price (£)
CIEEM Member Ticket 1 £135.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £195.00