Mainline Canal Wildlife Enhancement

Improving a stretch of the Birmingham Mainline Canal foraging habitat for birds, butterflies and bees.

In November 2012 the Canal and Rivers Trust, with support from the Birmingham & Black Country Nature Improvement Area, started work on a project to improve linkage between the Dudley and Birmingham canal networks.

The 'Main Line Canal Wildlife Enhancement' project linked the Netherton Branch Canal, Gower Branch Canal and Sheepwash Urban Park Wildlife Sites to the heart of Birmingham via the canal network.











Canal side nature improvements in Birmingham City Centre have introduced 100m of marginal vegetation to once hard-edged sections of the canal. This was done by installing coir rolls planted with native species such as yellow iris, purple-loosestrife and water mint.

Volunteers also planted plugs of nectar rich plants/herbs and fruit trees across the network, to improve foraging for birds, butterflies and bees inhabiting the canal network.

The benefits to wildlife can already be seen with high numbers of dragonflies and damselflies now present in the area.