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People living near historic Chesterfield Canal are being urged to support a project aimed at making the waterway more attractive to wildlife including birds, bats and insects.

The Canal and River Trust, the charity responsible for waterways, is looking for people to help create habitats around Harthill Reservoir, which feeds the canal, by giving their time or donating money to buy materials.

Lucie Hoelmer, project manager for the Canal and River Trust, said: “This is an important project that will make the Chesterfield Canal even more attractive to wildlife and hopefully encourage people living nearby to get more closely involved with protecting and improving their local environment.

Hedgerows made up of native species such as hawthorn or sloe will be planted beside the canal, which runs along the southern edge of Sheffield, along with maple, elder and dogwood trees for birds and insects.

Bird and bat boxes will be erected providing nesting points for birds and safe roosts for bats.

n Visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/get-involved/appeals/build-bird-and-bat-homes-on-the-chesterfield-canal or to make a one-off £3 donation text BUZZ to 70007.