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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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The Warwickshire branch of the Butterfly Conservation Society have seized an opportunity to improve the habitat for rare butterflies in Fenny Compton by adopting a stretch of the Oxford Canal.
We're offering communities across England & Wales the opportunity to adopt mile-long lengths of canal or river to help transform some of our 2,000 miles of waterways into the places you want to escape to.
The group of butterfly enthusiasts is keen to transform a stretch of the Oxford Canal to increase the numbers of butterflies in the area such as the Grizzled Skipper, Small Blue and the Dingy Skipper. Set up in early August, the group will be cutting back over-grown vegetation to encourage certain butterfly friendly plants to grow and creating a ‘butterfly bund’ covered in colourful plants which offer egg laying opportunities. The volunteers will also be clearing any litter and tidying up the vegetation along the towpath.
Mike Slater, volunteer conservation officer for the Warwickshire branch of the Butterfly Conservation, explains the motivation for joining the adoption scheme: “The stretch of canal in Fenny Compton is one which our group often visits as the habitat is a perfect home for a number of rare butterflies. We know that if we put the effort into improving their habitat, we’ll be able to see an increase in numbers while also making the area nicer for visitors to enjoy.”
Penny Foster, ecologist for the Canal & River Trust said: “It’s great news for us that the Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire branch has decided to join our community adoption scheme. Their expertise in caring for butterfly rich habitats is fantastic and I’m looking forward to seeing how their attention on this stretch of canal will help rare butterflies such as the Grizzled Skipper thrive.
"Butterflies are also a good biological indicator in general which will help inform our work in the area around habitat development. Canals have had an incredible history over the last 250 years and the growing support from local groups adopting stretches of canal is invaluable to the Trust to keep them thriving."
Local communities are central to being able to care for canals around England and Wales and we hope to work closer with local communities to improve the fantastic leisure space the canals offer, help grow people’s pride in their waterways and bring the canals closer to the heart of the community.
Pollington Lock gate replacement works enter final phase
22 February 2018
Boost for rare aquatic plants on Montgomery Canal
21 February 2018
Lock gates replaced on Berkhamsted Canal
20 February 2018
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018
North Wales and Borders canals are popular hot spots with boaters
16 February 2018
Plans submitted to transform Finsley Gate into leisure destination and community space
15 February 2018
New season of half term family fun at Standedge Visitor Centre
Pocklington Canal Amenity Society adopts section of Pocklington Canal
14 February 2018