There have been a lot of changes to the canal in the last few months. We did have issues with drainage which had to be rectified (and paid for, which meant eating into the funds we had) before other work could be done. However, we hope that you can all see an improvement to the look and accessibility of the canal. Barton Grange Landscapes won the tender for the hard-standing work.
The steel totems and plates by Chris Brammall look amazing! Please click here to see the original designs. We are continuing to work closely with Chris and his wonderful team for the next stage of the regeneration.
Duddon Canoe Club, based in Barrow Docks, have been granted permission to hold some of their sessions on the canal and it's been great to see them here.
You may also see the Fire Service on the canal, at times. They are using the canal for various practices. They also help us at our annual big clear up.
FEEDING THE BIRDS
If you see a bird in distress on the canal, please contact Caroline on 07825134662. You can also post a message on our Facebook page to let others know.
Bardsea Bird Sanctuary (Tamsin, also on Facebook) is another port of call if you see any birds in distress in the South Lakes area.
If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77). Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find.
In 2015 the Spirex Water Report dicussed the negative effect that feeding the birds bread and other unsuitable foodstuffs has had on the environment. If you would like to read it, the link is here. Here's also a link to an interesting article outlining the problems.
Due to the effects of unsafe food, we would like to encourage you all to feed safe foods.
Safe Food: Unsafe food:
Cracked corn Bread
Wheat, barley or similar grain Chips
Oats Crackers and biscuits
Rice (cooked or uncooked) Popcorn
Birdseed (any type or mix) Sugary food - sweets, chocolate
Grapes (cut in half)
Frozen peas or corn (defrosted, no need to cook)
Chopped lettuce or other greens or salad mixes
Chopped vegetable trimmings or peels