The Environment Agency whose neglect of the Somerset Levels led to many homes being flooded last year has spent £110,000 moving 55 voles . In order to carry out the dredging that would have prevented the floods they paid £86,000 for a survey to find the water voles and £24,000 to move them to winter quarters in Cornwall. That amounts to £2000 per vole.
The people whose homes were flooded are receiving a government grant of £5000/home which makes them equivalent to 2.5 voles.
Am I the only one who finds this an exhibition of concern for animals who have proved themselves very adept at coping with changes in environment a little unbalanced?