Wildlife monitoring

Could you help with our canal wildlife monitoring?

Are you interested in seeing and identifying the different wildlife along the canal? Would you like to be involved in helping us get a better understanding of the distribution and behaviour of wild mammals and the factors that affect them? Well we might have just the activity for you (and it can all be done from the comfort of your own home)!

CCC have recently purchased a number of motion-activated camera traps which have been placed in different habitats along the canal length to capture the wide range of species already living in and adjacent to the canal. Species spotted to date include otters, water voles, badgers, water rail, herons and foxes to name but a few!

The images from these camera’s will be used to help us establish a baseline and monitor any changes in the number, range and abundance of wildlife on both the canal and River Frome as the canal project is delivered.  All the photo’s collected are being uploaded to MammalWeb, which is a “citizen science” platform intended to collate, validate and curate camera trap data to help inform us about the distribution and ecology of mammals. CCC has been set up with its own project page on the website which can be accessed by CLICKING HERE:

Not only can you sign up to be a ‘spotter’ on the CCC Project but you can also help classify species across the UK such as the elusive Scottish wildcat…. Linking to MammalWeb will also mean this project will support and be part of wider research on the current state of UK wildlife. 

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Walled Works

Saturday 31st August – 22nd September
All day every day
Wallbridge opposite the Upper Lock Cafe & canal side bridge beneath Horse Trough roundabout

Graffiti Art as canal side art and community voice. Youth groups from The Door and Stroud District Youth Council worked with the renowned Dan Sparks Collective developing positive relationships with the canal & their environment through the art of spray.

“I want to show my family now I am really proud of this work” Stroud Youth. ” You can’t call this graffiti it is art!” CCT volunteer. “Such a great project for young people thank you. It is projects like these that make a difference.” Community Police Officer

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Workshop – Cancelled

Whitminster Village Hall

Introductory Bat Detector and Field ID Workshop This workshop will be delivered by the Bat Conservation Trust as part of their National Bat Monitoring Programme and is designed to train new volunteers and enable existing volunteers to refresh their skills.

The course will involve a two-hour session finishing just before sunset covering UK bat species, echolocation and bat identification followed by a 90-minute practical field session identifying bats using different types of bat detector. The field session will be on an unmade path and will require crossing a number of stiles.

Registration will be required as spaces are limited, more details to follow closer to the date. 

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Public Boat Trips – Ebley

Every Saturday March 30th – September 28th
12pm – 4.30pm
Ebley Wharf GL5 4UB

Why not get out on the water and discover the canal on Perseverance the Cotswold Canals Trust trip boat. A fun and gentle trip lasting 25 minutes costing £5 for adults, £3 for children under 16 years old.

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Wildlife Imprints

Saturday 7th September – Sunday 6th October 11am – 4pm
Stroud Brewery GL5 2BU

Celebrating the canal as wildlife corridor, a link between communities and a looking glass into our industrial heritage through mono printmaking.

An unfiltered exhibition of work made during four workshops in July / Aug ‘19 at the Stroud Brewery by: residents of Moreton Hill Care Centre: Members of Interplay – inter-generational social group: Re Connect Art Group for people with long-term health conditions and carers and others who turned up and abandoned themselves to mono printmaking.

This exhibition forms part of a series of community led exhibitions and performances within the Wool and Water festival over the 7th and 8th of September. The series of works celebrate canal and textile heritage through work by local artists and community creatives.

Many thanks to Stroud Brewery for hosting these sessions.

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