District and Parish Councillors in Lichfield were given an early insight into the way that British Waterways will become a charitable civic society in April 2012. The presentation highlighted the key elements of how the new charity will be governed and the way that local authorities will be able to have a direct influence on . . . → Read More: Community Mooring Strategies to be set up in Staffordshire
1st November 2010
During last year’s harsh winter there were gloomy predictions that waterside wildlife would be devastated.
However to the surprise of experts there has been a mini-renaissance in the birds and animals that depend on rivers, streams and ponds.
It was feared that kingfishers, in particular, would starve to death . . . → Read More: Kingfisher’s return crowns the great riverbank revival
2 September 2010
Red swamp crayfish, a native of the south-eastern United States, have been spotted in London’s Regent’s Canal.
Ecologists are concerned that the crustacean could cause harm to the native white-clawed crayfish.
A study has been started by King’s College London into the creature’s impact on other wildlife.
The white-clawed . . . → Read More: Fears over red crayfish ‘invader’ in London canal
Hundreds of fish are being relocated from water-starved sections of the partially closed Leeds & Liverpool canal.
A 60-mile stretch of the canal between Wigan and Gargrave was closed to boats last week to save water because of drought conditions.
Up to 3,000 fish in water pools in Gargrave, North Yorkshire, are being moved to . . . → Read More: Rescue operation for fish on Leeds & Liverpool canal
4 August 2010
Water fern was used as an ornamental plant by the Victorians
Weevils are being used as a weapon against canal-threatening water ferns on canals.
British Waterways is releasing the 2mm-long beetles into the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal to eat the North American fern.
Individual water fern plants are only around 10mm long, . . . → Read More: Weevils used in war on water fern on canals