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Pocklington Canal Audience, Conservation and Interpretation Plan

In 2011, a report was published which identifies the ways in which people can enjoy a wide variety of activities on the Pocklington Canal whilst respecting its ecological and historical significance.  

Only navigable in its lower reaches the canal is used by relatively few boats but is a popular location for walkers, cyclists, bird watchers, kayakers, anglers and photographers.

The canal passes through several Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as it is particularly important for aquatic plants, birds, waterfowl, and invertebrates – including thirteen different species of dragonfly and damselfly.

The Pocklington Canal Audience, Conservation and Interpretation Plan aims to achieve a sensitive balance between meeting the needs of existing and future users and protecting the canal’s ecological and heritage significance.

The report suggests a number of recommendations for improving access, providing new learning opportunities, exploring the potential for future tourism, enhancing leisure and volunteering opportunities, and encouraging partner organisations to work together to agree a consistent approach to conservation management along the canal corridor.  It is anticipated that the report may form part of a future funding bid that would enable some of the recommendations to be delivered.

Jane Thomson, enterprise manager for British waterways said; “The Pocklington Canal is a fantastic resource. It’s a valuable haven for wildlife, has some rich heritage features and is used by a wide range of people enjoying a multitude of different activities. However this does mean that there can be many, often very different, demands being placed on the canal and we have to think very carefully about how we manage these to ensure we all get the most out of it whilst respecting the rich biodiversity and heritage that proves such a draw in the first place. We’re grateful for the support of our partners who collated the report and look forward to gathering the views of the people that have such affection for their canal”. 

Pocklington canal report (pdf 17mb opens in new window)

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Pocklington Canal (Marion Blockley)
Pocklington Canal (Marion Blockley)
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Pocklington Canal Interpretation Plan
Pocklington Canal Interpretation Plan