Waterways wildlife survey reveals bumper years in Yorkshire

Leisure CRT 2011
Leisure CRT 2011

Yorkshire’s waterways enjoyed a bumper year for wildlife in 2015 with a survey carried out by members of the public revealing almost 100 different species thriving on canals and rivers in the county.

Six months ago, the Canal and River Trust, which cares for 2,000 miles of the nation’s waterways, asked the public to head out onto their nearest towpath to help build a picture of how watery wildlife is faring.

Those who took part in the Great Nature Watch scheme between May and October had to submit wildlife sightings, with 163 different species spotted nationwide.

In Yorkshire there were sightings of barn owls, bats, deer, damselflies, kingfishers and six different types of butterfly.

Jonathan Hart Woods, environment manager for the Canal and River Trust, said: “It’s really useful for us to have a good picture of how various species are doing and this survey has emphasised the great range of wildlife on Yorkshire’s waterways.

“What’s striking as we look down the list is the sheer variety of wildlife that can be found on our local waterways and it demonstrates what a diverse and accessible place they are to experience nature up close.

“We’re really grateful to the people of Yorkshire for sending us their sightings and helping us to build a better picture of all the wildlife that’s using the waterways.”