Look after the Environment
It is important to take the environment into consideration before you start restoring canals and waterway structures as well as creating new waterway links. Work can be undertaking whilst enhancing and preserving wildlife.
This section of the WRG website aims to make volunteers and canal restoration societies aware of what to look out for on their canal as well as making sure, once you start work, that you continue to plan your work to ensure the environment around you is protected.
- Environmental considerations before you start restoring your canal and once you get on site.
- Dredging Guidance Note (PDF) - Dredging is essential for maintaining and promoting navigation of the inland waterways. IWA has put together this guidance note to give restoration groups a starting point to begin undertaking their own dredging activity.
- Environmental Legislation [under construction]
- Invasive Species - Along the waterways, invasive species pose a threat as they can cause navigation and water control problems, a reduction in habitat availability and the quality of the water and in some cases are a threat to human health. Himalayan Balsam, Giant Hogweed, Floating Pennywort, Japanese Knotweed, Blue-green Algae and Signal Crayfish.
- Protected Species - Bats, badgers, water voles, great crested newts and crayfish.
- How to carry out a tree survey - Details of how to carry out a trees survey, a tree survey template and example risk assessment.
- Biosecurity Advice - Best practice guidelines for reducing the risk of invasive species, diseases or harmful organisms spreading along our waterways.
Do you have trees to be cleared from your canal restoration project? Contact WRG's Forestry Team.