As part of their Narrow Boat Adoption Scheme the Canal and River Trust have given the Wirral Autistic Society Narrow Boat team the task of assisting with the Mammoth Moth Project.
The Canal and River Trust have teamed up with Chester Zoo to reintroduce one of the ten rarest moth species in Britain – the Barberry Carpet Moth.
This project will run along the tow paths we have adopted and is a vital part of an ongoing environmental scheme. We will be planting of the barberry plant (berberis vulgaris) that will help save a native endangered species.
We started the project in June and have had quite a few of the service users involved in all aspect of the project.
Over the past few weeks the groups have enjoyed preparing and planting the shrubs along the stretch of canal that we adopt. This project will greatly improve the wild life along the Shropshire canal. This has been a great project for the service users to get involved with as it will go towards there volunteering sections of the Gate Way and Duke of Edinburgh awards as well as the John Muir conservation Certificate.
This is one of the future conservation tasks the groups will be involved in so as to improve the canals and rivers helping to preserve habitats and plants.