Charity introduce habitats for Grand Union Canal’s fish and wildlife

Over 250 white water-lily plants have been planted to help the canal’s fish population flourish near Ladbroke Grove. Volunteers led by Thames21 - London’s leading waterways charity – coordinated the project at the Paddington Arm of the canal on 23 April.

The Nymphaea Alba lilies will flower by July 2008 and will be a visually appealing addition to the canal. By providing cover and protection for fish from predators such as cormorants, the work of local angling club Ladbroke Rovers AC will be greatly enhanced.

The initiative, developed by British Waterways and funded by Park Royal Partnership (PRP), also hopes to attract other wildlife to the area including dragonflies and damselflies. The PRP contribution was money given by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under priority 3.1, for use on environmental improvements.

Grant Fear Thames21’s Angling Development Coordinator said:

“Recently the fish population in this area has declined due to the high number of cormorants feeding, together with a lack of suitable habitation. Local angling projects have suffered as a result.

“This planting project forms part of our angling development programme. Through this, we aim to instill a commitment to the aquatic environment in young anglers and use angling to promote a better understanding of the problems affecting the environment and wildlife, and what we can do to help.

Grant added, “The young anglers we work with today, are some of the waterway guardians of tomorrow, and we need to do everything we can to encourage that.”