May 2020 update – the pump has been running for 24 hours over the weekend of 16th and 17th and about 280,000 litres of water were transferred from the river to the canal, levels are looking good.
Specialists in aquatic vegetation management are being consulted this month by BBC, to look at control of Reed Sweet Grass (Glyceria maxima) and Reedmace/Bullrush (Typha latifolia).
The canal, which is 224 years old, is now a nature reserve and a local amenity, enjoyed today by walkers, horse riders and cyclists.
It was declared a nature reserve in 1993. It is home to mute swans, water voles, moorhens, coots, ducks, pond snails, butterflies and dragonflies.
Cossall Parish Council wanted to find out how Broxtowe Borough Council plan to look after the canal and keep the banks and water course in good order in the coming months. So, last Saturday 14th March, several members walked the canal with a representative from Broxtowe so that he could let us know their plans for maintaining this nature reserve.
They have added weevils into the water to keep down the aggressive red weed and this does appear to help. Some of the overhanging trees have been cut to keep areas of the banks clear of vegetation which can fall into the water affecting its well being. It was explained to us that Broxtowe Borough Council endeavour to maintain a good balance by leaving plenty of cover in other areas for birds and wildlife.
There is much that still needs to be done; parts of the water course are still looking neglected and there are plans to rectify this. We will be adding more information as the year progresses about works planned and undertaken.