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WILDLIFE SUPERHIGHWAY

The Leeds and Liverpool canal hasn't been used for commercial traffic for many decades. Over the years, the pollutants that went with that use have dissipated, and various plants have migrated, or have been introduced, along this narrow strip, creating habitats right in the heart of the city. Volunteers regular remove rubbish from these habitats allowing water to flow, and light to penetrate deep into the water, so that aquatic plants can thrive. The grass verges along the canal, the wild offside bank, and the shrubbery bordering the towpath add to the bio-diversity of habitats.

Liverpol and Bootle were heavily bombed during WW2, and the cheapest way to make a bomb site look attractive is to cover it with grass and trees, so Liverpool and Bootle boast two of the greenest urban environments in the country. Thus, the environs of the canal in Bootle and Liverpool include almost every wildlife habitat imaginable.

Tiny creatures invade these habitats, and are preyed on by successively larger creatures. All of these creatures die, and are eaten and recycled by the tiny creatures until, ultimately, the ecosystem becomes viable.

This section discusses some of the plants and animals to be found along this section of the Leeds and Liverpool canal, both good and bad. There are far too many different plants and animals for you to learn from scratch, so this section is just to get you started.  To help you identify those species listed here, we've divided our description into these sections:

You might also be interested in the economic and economic benefits that the Leeds and Liverpool Canal provides to Liverpool and Bootle.