Memorandum by the Friends of Tring Reservoirs
THE POTENTIAL OF INLAND WATERWAYS
Friends of Tring Reservoirs is a wildlife conservation
and education charity (Registered Charity No. 1073622). Its main
area of interest is Tring Reservoirs and the area surrounding
them, which includes the three canals fed by the reservoirs. It
should be noted that FOTR is the only wildlife conservation group
solely or exclusively involved with the canal network.
Our concern is that the objectives set out could
be in conflict. All the other objectives will have an effect on
the environment and wildlife, particularly leisure, recreation,
tourism and water transfer.
The development of leisure, recreation and tourism
will result in an increase in the number of people using the waterways
system. Great care will need to be taken in the management of
this increase to avoid disturbance and damage to habitats.
Some habitat areas are designated Sites of Special
Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and may have their own safeguards,
but there are many other areas that have no specific protection.
If the natural environment is to be protected and wildlife enhanced
these areas will need protection as well as the SSSIs. The environment
and wildlife will have to be given priority in these sensitive
areas or the environment will be damaged, and there will be no
enhancement of wildlife.
Water transfer may also impact on the canal
environment and wildlife. The transfer of water from one area
to another could result in the introduction of disease and undersirable
flora and fauna (such as invasive non-native species) which would
affect the "balance" of nature and possibly cause serious
environmental and wildlife damage.
Chairman, Friends of Tring Reservoirs