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'Ratty' at Tattenhall Marina

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One of our readers, Denise Cashmore, from Tattenhall Marina, has kindly sent in these delightful images of a Water Vole on the water. Click on each image to enlarge.

Childhood memories of the Water Vole named "Ratty", a leading character in the 1908 children's book 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame, come to mind, of that I am sure.

You will remember that Mole meets Rat (a Water Vole), who at that time of year spends all of his days in, on and close to the river. Rat takes Mole for a ride in his rowing boat. They get along well and spend many more days boating, with Rat teaching Mole the ways of the river.

Tattenhall Marina, therefore, lends itself to such wildlife. Denise has been photographing lots of wildlife visitors to the site and we will be featuring more of her images in the weeks ahead.

Images that remind of us lazy days of summer and of a subject close to our hearts .....

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