Report from Wildlife Monitoring Weekend

Report from Wildlife Monitoring Weekend

This is the fourth wildlife survey the Worcester Canal Group has undertaken. In 2016 we concentrated on the mile long stretch of canal from the Marina to Bilford bottom lock.  A bat walk, a moth breakfast and a wildlife walk were included in that survey. In 2017 we used the CRT workboat the Wanderer to look at wildlife habitats along and adjoining the canal towpath. In 2018 we concentrated on Barbourne brook, especially where it runs through Gheluveldt Park. This year we have taken a closer look at Perdiswell. The Worcester Canal Group has recently adopted more of the canal and now covers Perdiswell.

These wildlife surveys are not purposeless. Nor are they searches for the unusual or spectacular.

The canal is a wildlife corridor. The experience of conservation work everywhere is that wildlife habitats which become isolated decline and fail.  In areas like cities a corridor which connects wildlife habitats is necessary if that wildlife is to spread and thrive.

Our wildlife corridor consists of more than just the canal and the towpath.

The canal is part of a six mile long circuit of water within the city of Worcester consisting of the canal, the River Severn and Barbourne brook. At the southern, Diglis, end the canal connects with the river, with Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve, with Chapter Meadows and with the countryside to the south and west. At the Six Ways end of the city it is linked to the countryside to the north and east. For much of its course through the city the canal runs very close to Barbourne brook which as a largely unrecognised wildlife habitat links the canal to the river Severn at Gheluveldt and on to the countryside to the north and west.

In the course of our surveys we have identified some twenty areas, some large and some small, which adjoin the canal and are wildlife habitats. Some are managed, many are not. These areas could be linked and enhanced.

Read the full report here.

Wildlife survey at Perdiswell

Wildlife survey at Perdiswell

Following previous wildlife surveys, we are carrying out another during Sunday 28th April at Perdiswell Park.

We will have the workboat, The Wanderer, which will be heading up from Lansdowne Park at around 10:30am and then mooring at Perdiswell.

Please join us during the day to help catalogue the wildlife in the area and help us getting a better picture of where wildlife is abundant and where it is lacking.

More details to follow, but if interested please put this date in your diary.

More information here.

Upcoming events

We have some events coming up that you may be interested in attending.

This coming Saturday (13th) we are walking from Lansdowne Park up the canal to Perdiswell and then back again. The purpose of the walk is to look at possible projects along the way, identifying areas that could be improved, etc., plus we will also keeping a track of wildlife in the area.

We will start at Lansdowne Park at 10am, but feel free to join us along the way. You can give Matt a call (07726303517) if you want to know where we are.

The following Saturday (20th) Plastic Free Worcester are organising a litter pick along both sides of the River Severn. You can register your interest on their Facebook event here. The event starts at 10am at two alternative locations: 

  • Group 1 – Meet at The Pump House Environment Centre to the new bridge at Diglis
  • Group 2 – Meet on the River path behind the Wheatsheaf Pub, Henwick Road to the new bridge at Diglis.