After the Montgomery Canal was abandoned it became a haven for flora and fauna. So much so that in 1986 one area at Aston Locks became a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of the rare species found there.
Work to bring the canal back into use as a navigation must also protect habitats. Consequently, IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group created offline nature reserves. This offset the value of the canal’s SSSI and allows restoration of the main route to go ahead.
Adding two large new ponds in 2018 to Aston Nature Reserve was possible thanks to support from the National Lottery. They gave an overall net gain in habitat for rare species. This enabled excavation of the canal itself into a navigation again.
The Canal & River Trust hopes to implement a clearer Biodiversity Net Gain approach in future phases of the restoration. The approach will not only be for aquatic habitats.
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We are campaigning for boating on canals and rivers to be more sustainable.
Britain’s canals and rivers are a unique, living heritage. But that heritage is at risk.
Hundreds of miles of waterways are currently starved of funding.
Bringing Britain’s blue infrastructure back to life is good for people and places.
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