The success of the initial project has led to wider interest in using the best practice that we have been developing, and mink control projects are springing up all around the country from the Eden Rivers Trust in the Lake District, and in Northumberland in the north, in Lincolnshire and down to Kent and Sussex in the south. To better support this growing interest a charity, The Waterlife Recovery Trust (WRT) was formed in 2022. This would help make real the initial vision of WRE, to eventually eradicate mink from the whole of the country. Professor Tony Martin, who has been a driving force in what has been achieved so far, is the first Chair of the new charity. The Trust is currently applying for a significant Species Recovery Programme grant from Natural England, which if successful, would allow trapping to move out from Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire into adjoining counties. This would help cement the gains already made, push the boundary of control to the west, north and south and deliver intensive mink trapping over some 20% of England. You can follow the development of our ambition via the WRT website at https://www.waterliferecoverytrust.org.uk/, where you can also sign up for the quarterly Newsletter.
Vice Chair, Waterlife Recovery Trust