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Join the Canal & River Trust on a wildlife safari

The Canal & River Trust is inviting local people to join them on a wildlife safari through the centre of Welshpool on Tuesday 28th May.

Guided by a Canal & River Trust Ecologist, the wildlife safari will follow an interactive trail along the Montgomery canal, which uses smartphone technology and activity sheets to identify the wildlife and interesting historical features that can be seen along the canal.

The activity trail, which has been funded by the Welsh Government through their Ecosystem funding, is bi-lingual and runs between Welshpool Town Wharf and Whitehouse Bridge Nature Reserve. It is an interactive trail that uses QR codes and activity sheets downloadable from the Canal & River Trust website to bring the canal to life.

Canal & River Trust Ecologist, Stuart Moodie said: “We have organised this event to help people enjoy some of the wildlife in the area, while introducing them to the activity trail at the same time. I think that people will find it rewarding to experience the sights and sounds of the canal, while enjoying the scenery along the way.”

The Montgomery Canal is designated as a Special Area of Conservation for its populations of floating water plantain, a rare aquatic plant. It is believed to be the best location in the world for this type of aquatic plant. The canal is also protected for a wide range of plants, dragonflies and damselflies. Other species such as otter and kingfishers can occasionally be seen.

Two guided walks are planned, at 10am and 12 o’clock, and will commence at the footbridge by Tesco car park in Welshpool town centre. Pre-booking for the walk is not necessary but sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing should be worn.

Anyone wanting to download the activity sheets or to find out more about events taking place on the Montgomery Canal can visit http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/montgomery-canal-trail. For more information about the walk, contact David Hennessey on 01942 405745 or email david.hennessey@canalrivertrust.org.uk.