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A haven for wildlife on the Ribble Link

Thanks to your generous donations, we've been able to create a welcoming wildlife haven on the Ribble Link.

Butterfly, courtesy of Vikramjit Kakati Butterfly, courtesy of Vikramjit Kakati

The money that you donated has paid for the materials to create a range of new bird and bat boxes, scrub plants, black poplar trees and other wildflowers, enriching and transforming the area into a hot spot for nature and improving experience for everyone who visits.

Volunteers helped carry out scrub clearance and other vegetation works in readiness for the installation of the new bird and bat boxes, made by children at St Bernard’s Primary School.

We believe that without green spaces, rich in nature, our lives would be poorer and so we'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated their time and money to make this project possible.

"Improving and creating habitats for waterway wildlife is a key element of our ecology work at the Canal & River Trust" Chris John

Chris John, national ecologist for the Canal & River Trust, said: “The Ribble Link acts as a great wildlife corridor that connects the Lancaster Canal to the Ribble Estuary and it provides habitats for a wide range of species such as kingfishers and sand martins. It’s important that we continue to deliver these enhancements, which help provide food and shelter which are essential to their long term survival.

“Improving and creating habitats for waterway wildlife is a key element of our ecology work at the Canal & River Trust. However, simply creating habitats doesn’t go far enough. We want visitors to our canals and rivers to be able to connect with waterside nature within their local environment and help us provide on-going protection and management to these areas.”

In support of the project a further £2,000 was donated by Lancashire County Council which helped provide wider landscaping work, habitat creation and better visitor interpretation.