A Wildlife Haven
The restoration of the Derby Canal will introduce a green corridor into Derby, restoring wildlife habitats and encouraging local people to engage and be inspired by the natural environment. The UK canal and river network provides essential connections between green spaces within the UK. The Derby canal route connects multiple areas of Derby together, links existing parks and introduces a waterway link with the surrounding countryside.
The Derby canal route is a wildlife haven, from the heavily wooded stretch at Swarkestone/Chellaston through urban Derby to the open countryside from Borrowash to Breaston. There is a great variety of wildlife to be seen. Foxes, badgers, rabbits, hares, and weasels abound and in the short stretch at Borrowash which has been dug out, there have been sightings of kingfishers and herons. Other wildlife known to live here are smooth newts, frogs and fish and not too far away there are water voles. The lay of the land at Draycott lends itself to ground nesting birds such as the skylark. Lapwings are also common here. The Trust has planted a traditional hedge at Draycott, a great attraction for the wildlife. A large proportion of the original hawthorn hedgerow is still on the canal, providing food and shelter. The Trust lays its own hedge laying through the hard work of its working parties. A full canal restoration would see the enhancement of every one of these habitats as well as further increasing biodiversity in Derbyshire.