I am absolutely amazed at the antics of the CRT. I read that the CRT are planning to spend £25,000 on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal softening the banks so that water voles can burrow easier into the sides of the canal.
Now I may be wrong, and often am, but if you soften the canal banks to allow such creatures to burrow is the bank likely to collapse? If the bank collapses will it not cost a fortune to repair it? If the collapse takes place in an embankment will the canal flood the surrounding area. costing more in compensation? Do the waterways authorities in this country not understand a thing about the system they are paid to protect.
In 1700 there was not a water vole living in a canal because we had no canals, ergo they are not a native species. To introduce or encourage non native species in the canal is tantamount to vandalism. Those who support this practise should be fired for failing to protect the waterways they are paid to protect.
Such schemes, whether it be voles or reed margins or any of the other plethora of hair brained ideas, are a hazard to canal users boater, walkers, fishermen etc. Collapsing banks, narrowed navigation, over hanging trees, all add to the dangers met on the canals.
Either CRT stops this corporate vandalism or maybe we the people will have to stop them!