Biodiversity

The waterways in the heart of the Chilterns, around Wendover and the market town of Tring, can be enjoyed throughout the year. The footpath along the Wendover canal takes you from Wendover, past Halton, Buckland, Drayton Beauchamp and Little Tring, to Bulbourne where it joins up with the Grand Union Canal. You can also walk round the nearby Tring and Wilstone reservoirs and create a wonderful walk where you can enjoy the countryside, a great variety of wildlife and loads of fresh air.

The team working on the Wendover Canal renovation consciously looks at ways to improve the environment and the biodiversity of the area. We have planted hundreds of trees with the assistance of the Woodland Trust, we have improved the hedgerows, and we continually strive to improve the wildlife habitat. We involve environmental experts and are linked closely to the environmental team at the Canal & River Trust.

In the summer of 2020, our team took part in the UK wide Big Butterfly Count. Brimstones, Green-veined whites, Small Coppers, Gatekeepers, Small and Large Whites are just a few of the varieties that thrive in the area. During butterfly season butterflies are on the wing during the warmest, sunniest time of day, from mid-morning to late afternoon so next time you’re out walking keep your eyes peeled.

As our team of volunteers renovate the Wendover Canal, active management of the environment is key. We aim to protect and promote wildlife, we aim to improve the biodiversity in the area and we want to make this a special place for all who pass through.

To see more, view Nigel Harper’s collection of 3 videos at the links below.  They show the Wendover Canal from Bulbourne to Wendover, and the wildlife we can all enjoy along the way. More videos can be found here.

During the restoration of the Wendover Canal, a badger’s sett was discovered in the infilled section near to the winding hole. As this area was shortly to be excavated, a professional company Morph was appointed for advice. They assessed the situation and advised that as a nearby sett was in use, the badgers could be relocated to that area which contained good foraging ground. A closure licence was applied for by Morph for the sett in the canal. They advised that this must be completed in the next month, otherwise the badgers would be disturbed during their reproductive season. WAT engaged the company and this was completed successfully in October and November. Their original sett was then excavated by the WAT volunteers work party.

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