Our Revitalised Riverside
As part of BBC One's series Nature of Britain, presenter Sanjida O’Connell travels to Leicester to discover the revitalised riverside that has provided a great habitat for wildlife in the city. Watch the video!
Presenter Sanjida O’Connell travels into Leicester City Centre to discover a revitalised riverside that has provided a great habitat for wildlife.
Sanjida starts her journey at the city's newest nature reserve, Aylestone Meadows.
This former council tip has been turned into a wetland habitat which attracts a wide range of birds and dragonflies.
She travels down the river on a narrow boat and enjoys bird watching and meets volunteers struggling to control a plant. The floating pennywort is threatening the whole of the river’s eco-system.
Sanjida discovers, until recently this stretch of waterway was largely ignored by most of the city.
The riverside in Leicester stretches right through the city along the River Soar and the Grand Union Canal.
For 12 miles the waterway meanders through the city's most famous landmarks, the Space Centre, the football stadium and past reminders of its industrial heritage.
Sanjida said: "It had become known for as a place for crime and vandalism – a bit of a no-go area.
"But now that’s changing. The city council and the local people are working together to turn this river back into a top spot for wildlife."
last updated: 21/11/07