We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

A wildlife haven on the Erewash

Toyota, Long Eaton Natural History Society, Broxtowe Borough Council and supporters of Canal & River Trust have helped to fund a project in Derbyshire to improve and protect vital habitats for water voles.

Danny Brennan, East Midlands Waterway Partnership Chair, receiving a cheque from representatives of Toyota.Water voles are a protected species and although still found in and around the waterways, most vole colonies have become small and isolated. The UK water vole population has fallen by over 90% since the 1970s, largely as a result of habitat loss and predation by mink. However, with your support projects like this are helping to reverse the trend.

We believe that it's important to protect our waterway wildlife so that future generations can appreciate it and have a place to visit that's an escape from their every day lives. We're delighted that you've helped us to improve the natural habitat of these precious creatures.

Danny Brennan, chair of the East Midlands Waterway Partnership, said: “This is a vital project and it’s fantastic that others share the Trust’s beliefs and recognise the importance of passing on a thriving, healthy canal to future generations.”

Conserving and restoring

The work on the canal was focussed on ‘greening’ the canal banks, providing ideal homes for voles to burrow into, as well as some of their favourite foods. In addition to protecting this rare species, this work benefits a wide range of other species, including water shrews, birds, dragonflies and damselflies.