Posted by: lensweb | June 26, 2013

3rd Long Eaton Scouts – Canal & River Trust Conservation Day

3rd Long Eaton Scouts involved in Canal & River Trust conservation

Litter Picking 

On Saturday 1st June 3rd Long Eaton Scouts joined canal volunteers to help improve the Erewash canal environment around Dockholm.  This counts towards the Scouts Community Challenge Badge. First we did litter picking between Dockholme Lock and Sandiacre – and found out that the lock used to have Dockholme spelled with an ‘e’.  We found lots of rubbish such as wires, car number plates, sweet wrappers, drinks cans and bottles.  We looked at nature on the way and saw ducklings, cygnets, calves, hundreds of tadpoles and loads of sticklebacks.  We were invited to look around Lock cottage, (which has lots of interesting artefacts in it) where we all had a drink and a biscuit.  Lock cottage was built in 1779 and was originally two separate cottages.  We also opened the lock gates to let a canal boat through.

Vole Habitats

scouts_conservation_dayIn the afternoon we raked the side of the canal.  The waterways people had reconstructed the canal bank and used a dredger to put mud on the banks and we raked it flat – hopefully giving the voles somewhere to make their homes.  The only problem was when we raked a really muddy bit where the mud was about a foot deep and Nathan lost his boot in it. Eventually it was found after much squelching in the mud with only socks on.  The mud was so thick that all the children felt it necessary to take off their shoes and work in their socks.  We were up to our knees in thick black mud.  We saw many fresh water clams and we returned the closed ones to the water and hope they survive.  At the end our socks were really muddy and after spending over 4 hours working, we returned home tired, smelly and very muddy, but we had fun and helped our community.

Butterfly Hunt

Some of the Scouts went on a butterfly walk to investigate different types of butterfly which can be found around the Dockholme area.  We saw a Holly Blue, and some Meadows and a Peacock, but found that butterflies are difficult to catch.  Afterwards we had a great time discovering the wildlife in the canal and had fun catching tadpoles.  It couldn’t have been a better day! 🙂

By Scout Nathan with Elliott and Lewis, 3rd Long Eaton Scout Troop

Related links;

3rd Long Eaton Scout Group

Canal & River Trust

Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association


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