Now Here Is A Summer Watch Try the Wyrley & Essington!



  • Canal charity appeals to families and children to record the wildlife they see
  • Annual Great Nature Watch provides charity with vital records to help track the species that live on the waterways
  • Perfect fun summer holiday activity for children


Families and children are being asked to get out and visit their local canal or river during the summer holidays to monitor the wide range of wildlife the waterways are home to.

The Canal & River Trust’s Great Nature Watch campaign is asking people to record all the wonderful wildlife they see there. Records can be submitted by downloading the Trust’s free mobile app: eNatureWatch. All sightings are vitally important and help the Trust to monitor and protect the species that live along the waterways and enhance their habitats.

Mark Robinson, national ecologist for the Canal & River Trust, says: “By taking part in the Great Nature Watch you can help us monitor the numbers of all species living on waterways, which is essential when looking after and maintaining a 200 year part of our industrial heritage.

“With the warmth of the summer sun, canals are now alive with dragonflies, butterflies and bees. This is also a plentiful time for birds, with food abound, as the young leave the nest and take to the wing. This makes the school break a great opportunity for families to get out and explore their local canal or river, and find out what’s living there.”

People can download the free Great Nature Watch mobile app, eNatureWatch (or search Canal & River Trust in the Apple App Store/Google Play Store). Anyone can take part and record as many sightings as they like between now and October.

The Great Nature Watch remains open until the end of September. Anyone can take part and help support the Canal & River Trust’s environment team in monitoring and caring for the local waterway wildlife. For further information on Great Nature Watch please visit


Additionally, the Trust has created an activity book to encourage families to make the most of their local canal or river this summer. The activities included range from making canal collages, windmills and leaf boats, to spotting wildlife, deciphering bird song and cloud gazing. A sticker sheet allows for challenges to be ‘marked off’ when completed. To receive the free guide, visit or text ‘Sunny’ to 70060.



Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more


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