CRT ramps-up its sup­port for deer

AIRE & CALDER

Canal Boat - - News -

THIS GRAB DREDGER isn’t clear­ing silt out of the canal, it’s ac­tu­ally lay­ing 300 tonnes of boulders to cre­ate es­cape ramps for any deer that fall in the wa­ter dur­ing the breed­ing season.

The three-week project at Whit­ley Lock on the Aire & Calder Nav­i­ga­tion aims to re­duce the num­ber of an­i­mals which drown in the water­way every year. Dur­ing the breed­ing season, the deer tend to dis­perse to new ter­ri­to­ries for feed­ing. This means they of­ten try to cross rivers or canals, and in the case of a deep, ver­ti­cal sided com­mer­cial water­way like the Aire & Calder, they can’t get out. “Sadly, we’ve had quite a few re­ports of deer drown­ings at Whit­ley Lock and we want to do our bit to help,” ex­plained Canal & River Trust Se­nior Ecol­o­gist Jonathan Hart-Woods.

He added that the ramps would also be of ben­e­fit to dogs – and Dave Dry­burgh of North York­shire Fire & Res­cue Ser­vice wel­comed the ramps and the ex­pected re­duc­tion in the num­ber of times his crews would be called out for an­i­mal res­cues.

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