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A wildlife haven in Dewsbury

Wildlife habitats along the Calder & Hebble navigation in Dewsbury were given a boost in 2013 thanks to tremendous public support for one of our first appeals.

In 2012 we launched an appeal to help deliver a range of ecological improvements on our canals and rivers around Dewsbury. We wanted to ensure that the area's local residents had somewhere to take time out of their busy lives and get closer to nature.

Volunteers building bat boxesThanks to the £5,000 donated by our generous supporters, we were able to pay for the materials to create a range of new bird and bat boxes, which were then fitted with motion sensor web cams so that we can monitor the species using the boxes. The boxes were built by a group of students from Kirklees College, with help from our conservation volunteers.

Long term benefits

Jonathan Hart-Woods, environment manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Improving, creating and protecting habitats for waterway wildlife is a key part of our ecology work at the Trust. This is a built-up area with not a lot of tree cover so we’re hoping that these boxes should help encourage more bird species to the area.

“However, simply creating habitats isn’t enough. We all have a responsibility to protect the environment and it’s important to us that the local community and visitors connect with their local waterside environment and help us provide on-going protection and management to these areas.

"This local ownership is vital to the long term future of our waterways so we hope that people in Dewsbury will help us in our efforts along this waterway corridor.”