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Biodiversity of Wendover Canal

Restoration driving Biodiversity

Our Restoration continues to improve the Biodiversity of the Wendover Canal, where once there was impenetrable tall hawthorn. So come and see for yourselves the Biodiversity Net Gain that continues to flow from our restoration.

Come and see for yourselves

You can enjoy the waterways around Wendover and Tring, throughout the year. Create a wonderful walk to enjoy the Biodiversity of the countryside, a great variety of wildlife and loads of fresh air. 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. Also walk round the nearby Tring and Wilstone reservoirs which were created to store water for this canal. For details of all they have to offer, click on this link: Tring Reservoirs | Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (hertswildlifetrust.org.uk) .

Wendover Canal Biodiversity Improvements

Our Restoration consciously looks at ways to improve the environment and the Biodiversity of the area. 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. Our team 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. Click here to view a growing gallery of our terrain, flora and fauna.

Big Butterfly Count

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.

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.

Now click here to read about our next Key Benefit, Well-Being…

In 2020, we discovered a badger’s sett in the infilled section near to the winding hole. As this area was shortly to be excavated, we appointed a professional company Morph for advice. They advised that as a nearby sett was in use with good foraging ground, the badgers could be relocated there. So Morph applied for a closure licence for the sett in the canal. They advised that the closure must be completed in the next month, otherwise the badgers would be disturbed during their reproductive season. So Morph and WAT completed this successfully in October and November 2020. The WAT volunteer work party then began to excavate the infilled section including the badger’s sett.

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