CRT ramps-up its support for deer
AIRE & CALDER
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.