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Schoolchildren learn about water quality and wildlife

Published on 17 October 2017

MORE than 50 schoolchildren from a local primary school have been finding out more about how wildlife is affected by water quality at Braunstone Park.

Year 6 pupils from Caldecote Primary School visited the park’s lakes with conservationists and water quality specialists to do some experiments and find out how pollution, litter and fishing bait getting into the water can be bad for local wildlife.

The event was organised by the city council in partnership with the Environment Agency, Tesco and the Soar Catchment Partnership.

It’s part of a wider environmental project called ‘Greening the Edges’, which is funded by Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’, a community grants scheme which uses the money raised from the sale of carrier bags to support local projects.

As a result, £10,000 from Bags of Help is now being used to help restore and enhance the lake’s island at Braunstone Park, making it a better place for wildlife as well as getting locals involved in understanding just how much wildlife is on the park and how we can improve the water and environment to help protect what lives there.

Cllr Adam Clarke, deputy city mayor with responsibility for the environment, said: “If people drop litter in the park it will end up in the water eventually. By working with local schools and raising awareness of these issues we hope to reduce the amount of litter and pollution entering the lake and stream – which can only be of benefit to the animals that live in these habitats”.

Cllr Elaine Halford, local councillor for Braunstone and chair of the local Braunstone Angling Club said: “We have campaigned for a long time to make people more aware of the number of pollution incidents that affect the fish and birds living on the lakes.

“Running events like this help people to see what some of the problems are and to learn what they can do to make things better.”

Practical projects to improve the environment have also been taking place at the park. Leicester Environmental Volunteers have been working with the council’s parks team to create habitats for wildlife on the island, as well as raising awareness among park visitors about the importance of looking after local wildlife.

To find out more, visit www.leicester.gov.uk/parks

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