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24-07-2013 : WILDLIFE RE-HOMED ON THE MONTGOMERY CANAL

Canal Boat Holiday guests who will be cruising in Shropshire are about to benefit from a new scheme.

Reserves are being created alongside a Shropshire canal so boat numbers can increase without affecting wildlife.

Canal Boat numbers are currently restricted on the Montgomery Canal near Oswestry because it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest but The Canal and River Trust wants more boats to be allowed to use the canal.

The trust said the canal was, One of the most important canals in the country for nature.

It is home to otters, water voles and rare aquatic plants and also attracts many insects including dragonflies and damselflies.

Stuart Moodie, from the trust said What we would like to do is to bring in tourists to use the canal but to do that in a way that safeguards the wildlife.

Brian Hogbin, from the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, said We have got an agreed protocol so that all the rare plants can be looked after, as well as all the other invertebrates and birds.

Only once more reserves have been created will the number of boats using the canal be allowed to increase.

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