Water Vole Mitigation Workshop


Recent research has questioned the effectiveness of water vole mitigation and displacement measures in some habitat types. This evening workshop, led by Dr Merryl Gelling, provides an opportunity to discuss case studies and new ways forward in water vole mitigation. This event is organised by the Welsh Section Committee.


Speaker: Dr Merryl Gelling MCIEEM CEcol

Recent research questions the effectiveness of water vole mitigation and specifically displacement measures. With rising development pressures across Wales and the UK, there is an increasing focus on whether mitigation works, pragmatic alternatives, and how can we ensure wildlife is being fully safeguarded, which also has knock on implications for licensing and conservation.

This evening workshop provides an opportunity to discuss case studies and new ways forward in water vole mitigation. Dr Gelling will discuss the current research conclusions and case studies from Oxfordshire, before opening up a question and answer session for attendees to bring forward their own case studies and queries.

Dr Merryl Gelling specialises in protected British mammals, combining research and ecological consultancy work making her perfectly placed to investigate issues surrounding mitigation. A Chartered Ecologist (CEcol), full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environment Managers (MCIEEM), and a member of the IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group, she specialises in protected British mammal species, from survey work through to the design and implementation of mitigation works, with much of her work focusing on bats, badgers, dormice, otter and, specifically, water voles. She has a particular specialism in the design and execution of translocation and reintroduction projects involving protected mammals. With a strong background in applied research, Merryl also works part-time at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Oxford University as a Post-doc Researcher, is Honorary Secretary for the Mammal Society, and is Chair of the Oxfordshire Mammal Group.

Prior Knowledge

This workshop is open to all but is likely to be of most benefit to anyone who has existing knowledge of water vole ecology and mitigation techniques, so as to facilitate a discussion. Local case studies and examples would be most welcome.


This event is open to both CIEEM members and non members.  Advance booking is required for all tickets, however, as space is limited.


Tickets Person(s) Price
CIEEM Student Ticket 1 Pay on Door
Member Ticket 1 £5.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £7.50