The Canal & River Trust is an ecological charity that is encouraging people to be mindful of the animals that share our environment. This organization is responsible for maintaining over 2,000 miles of busy waterways in both England and Wales. Alongside these canals, there are designated paths where you will find cyclists, walkers, boaters, fishermen, and even horses pulling boats across the water. To remind citizens that they must safely and considerately spend time beside these bodies of water, the trust has made their motto “share the space; drop your pace; it’s a special place."
To hit this point home, Canal & River Trust recently created a special lane that is specifically for birds, ensuring that local wildlife is protected and accounted for. These duck lanes are marked off by a white line, a stenciled silhouette of a duck, and the hashtag #sharethespace. “We’ve painted in duck lanes on the tow path, just to highlight that there’s only so much space you can share and actually probably ducks need the priority,” Dick Vincent, a London Towpath Ranger told Ruptly.