Wildlife Management Committee

The Wildlife Management Committee held its inaugural meeting on 12 December 2011 and agreed its remit as follows:

It recognises that all responsibility and decision-making remains with Mercia Marina and that the Marina’s activity concerning wildlife may necessarily be limited by commercial, practical and planning consideration; the Committee supports the Wildlife Management Plan and wildlife protection. Discussions will focus on ways to engage staff, moorers, volunteers and visitors to help develop the marina’s wildlife and environmental objectives. The Committee welcomes all people’s ideas for improvement; consideration can be given to land beyond the Marina boundaries (canal towpath) and also to wider environmental issues. Membership is voluntary and new members can be co-opted as required.

The Committee also agreed the following as general goals: to develop annual survey programmes for birds, butterflies, moths. To support specific actions (e.g. plant butterfly drift, install bird boxes. Assist the Marina’s applications for awards from environmental and wildlife bodies. Produce appropriate leaflets and interpretation boards for Moorers and Visitors and increase Moorers’ awareness of the Wildlife and its needs and how they can help. Support volunteer days/activities where possible (e.g. towpath tidies). Help host visiting wildlife groups and consider membership of/liaison with other local Wildlife bodies and groups.

The Committee meets every two months and among its members are experts on different wildlife species, members of the Marina staff and moorers. Notes from these meetings are available on request. The Committee Chair is David Boddy B.Sc., a specialist in tree planting and conservation, having studied at Sutton Bonington. His nursery and landscaping business won many awards for the care and restoration of the land around building and development projects. His involvement with the Marina’s planning from the very beginning and was the primary author of original Wildlife Management Plan in early 2007.