The River Leen

The River Leen is much less known and celebrated than the Trent in Nottingham, but it is an important local river, with real wildlife value, and with many attractive stretches.  It rises near Newstead, and flows south for about 15 miles until joining the Trent south of the City Centre.  Here’s a map of the section in the city, from the Wildlife in the City River Leen page………


Although the river has been extensively altered, diverted and polluted in the past, it has a number of green spaces and wildlife sites along its banks, some of which are highlighted on the map above.  It also hosts some significant species, mostly on its northern sections – Otters have been recorded, and there is a good population of Water Voles, which is Britain’s fastest declining wild mammal.  The endangered White-Tailed Crayfish is also present in some sections of the river; it is a priority for action in the Notts Biodiversity Action Plan.

The Leen is the focus of various conservation efforts.  Some culverted sections have been released, and efforts have been made to improve the water quality. There is also an ambitious project to create a sustainable transport corridor for walkers and cyclists along the city section of the Leen – the City Council’s Access and Biodiversity Study (which also has useful detailed maps of the river’s route).  It will be great if this plan encourages people to use this “green corridor” whilst enhancing the biodiversity of the river….



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