Ashby Canal, Shackerstone to Snarestone

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    Getting There

    At the southern end the canal is easily accessed from the main road in Shackerstone. This section ends at the Snarestone tunnel, just before the village.

    Managed By
    Canal and River Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 201

    Description

    This section runs from Shackerstone to Snarestone.

    The Ashby Canal is 31 miles long and connects the former mining area of Moira to the Coventry Canal. It opened in 1804 and serviced the collieries but over many years the section north of Snarestone was affected by mining subsidence and was eventually closed to navigation. A restoration programme has recently led to a part reopening but work continues. As some of the original canal had been filled in and built over a new section is being constructed around Measham.

    The stretch between Carlton Bridge, north of Market Bosworth, and Turnover Bridge, north of Snarestone is a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest, designated in 1989 for its diverse aquatic flora and invertebrates, and the submerged plants in particular.

    Wildlife Highlights

    The flora of the canal was formerly rich, characterised by the occurrence in quantity on its margins of species such as Common Fleabane Pulicaria dysenterica, Purple-loosestrife Lythrum salicaria, Water Mint Mentha aquatica, Large Bitter-cress Cardamine amara and Blunt-flowered Rush Juncus subnodulosus. At least nine  Potamogeton species, including the nationally scarce Grass-wrack Pondweed P. compressus, have been recorded in the water, while there are remarkable old records of Floating Water-plantain Luronium natans and Greater Bladderwort Utricularia vulgarisOther aquatic plants include Mare's tail, Spiked Water-milfoil and Perfoliate Pondweed. Nine species of dragonfly have been recorded as have Water Shrews, Water Voles and the nationally rare water beetle Haliplus mucronatus.

    The canal follows a contour line and is lockless. As a result there are no currents and combined with the absence of boat traffic perhaps accounted for the vast quantities of free-floating aquatics such as Ivy-leaved Duckweed Lemna trisulca. Recent surveys indicate a dramatic deterioration in the quality of the canal’s aquatic flora and the restoration work to increase boat traffic give little hope of a recovery, other than in possible off-line refuges.

    Status
    • Canal
    • Site of Special Scientific Interest

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis13/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera01/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum01/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae28/09/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum15/09/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro13/08/2018
    BeetlesLagria hirta01/07/2017
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos01/07/2017
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo01/07/2017
    BirdsRavenCorvus corax01/07/2017
    BirdsMute SwanCygnus olor01/07/2017
    BirdsCootFulica atra27/06/2020
    BirdsPheasantPhasianus colchicus15/09/2012
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita01/07/2017
    BugsBulrush BugChilacis typhae15/09/2012
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus13/08/2018
    BugsCommon FroghopperPhilaenus spumarius15/09/2012
    BugsFig GallTetraneura ulmi15/09/2012
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina01/07/2017
    ButterfliesLarge SkipperOchlodes sylvanus01/07/2017
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria16/09/2015
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura ulmaria27/06/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesMigrant HawkerAeshna mixta15/09/2012
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens01/07/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans27/06/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum15/09/2012
    EarwigsCommon European EarwigForficula auricularia15/09/2012
    Ferns & HorsetailsBlack SpleenwortAsplenium adiantum-nigrum01/07/2017
    Ferns & HorsetailsWall-rueAsplenium ruta-muraria01/07/2017
    Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium01/07/2017
    Ferns & HorsetailsMaidenhair SpleenwortAsplenium trichomanes01/07/2017
    Ferns & HorsetailsMale-fernDryopteris filix-mas27/06/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsField HorsetailEquisetum arvense01/07/2017
    Ferns & HorsetailsWater HorsetailEquisetum fluviatile01/07/2017
    FliesAmauromyza flavifrons05/07/2020
    FliesEriothrix rufomaculata15/09/2012
    FliesGraphomya maculata01/07/2017
    FliesPhytomyza spondylii/pastinacae agg.27/06/2020
    FliesAwkward ClusterflyPollenia rudis15/09/2012
    FliesTachina fera13/08/2018
    FungiElder WhitewashHyphodontia sambuci27/06/2020
    FungiPodosphaera spiraeae27/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon BentAgrostis capillaris01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBarren BromeAnisantha sterilis01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Oat-grassArrhenatherum elatius01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesLesser Pond-sedgeCarex acutiformis01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHairy SedgeCarex hirta01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Fox-sedgeCarex otrubae05/07/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesGreater Tussock-sedgeCarex paniculata01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPendulous SedgeCarex pendula05/07/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHop SedgeCarex pseudocyperus05/07/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesGreater Pond-sedgeCarex riparia01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSpiked SedgeCarex spicata01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCrested Dog's-tailCynosurus cristatus01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon CouchElymus repens01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesRed FescueFestuca rubra01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesReed Sweet-grassGlyceria maxima01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCreeping Soft-grassHolcus mollis01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesWall BarleyHordeum murinum01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesToad RushJuncus bufonius01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSoft-rushJuncus effusus01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHard RushJuncus inflexus01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBlunt-flowered RushJuncus subnodulosus05/07/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPerennial Rye-grassLolium perenne01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesReed Canary-grassPhalaris arundinacea01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTimothyPhleum pratense01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesAnnual Meadow-grassPoa annua01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSmooth Meadow-grassPoa pratensis01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesRough Meadow-grassPoa trivialis01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon Club-rushSchoenoplectus lacustris27/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesUnbranched Bur-reedSparganium emersum01/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia05/07/2020
    harvestman (Opiliones)Leiobunum rotundum15/09/2012
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus13/08/2018
    HoverfliesThe FootballerHelophilus pendulus13/08/2018
    HoverfliesMyathropa florea13/08/2018
    HoverfliesNeoascia tenur15/09/2012
    LichensXanthoria parietina15/09/2012
    MammalsMoleTalpa europaea01/07/2017
    MothsNettle-tapAnthophila fabriciana15/09/2012
    MothsLarge Yellow UnderwingNoctua pronuba01/07/2017
    MothsStraw DotRivula sericealis15/09/2012
    SawfliesWillow Redgall SawflyPontania proxima05/07/2020
    SawfliesSelandria serva01/07/2017
    Slugs & SnailsDuck MusselAnodonta anatina01/07/2017
    Slugs & SnailsMarsh SlugDeroceras laeve01/07/2017
    Slugs & SnailsAmber SnailSuccinea putris01/07/2017
    Slugs & SnailsHairy SnailTrochulus hispidus01/07/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre01/07/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAlderAlnus glutinosa01/07/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna15/09/2012
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior01/07/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix27/06/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHoneysuckleLonicera periclymenum15/09/2012
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild CherryPrunus avium01/07/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlackthornPrunus spinosa01/07/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina15/09/2012
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGoat WillowSalix caprea01/07/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra01/07/2017
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium01/07/2017
    WildflowersWild AngelicaAngelica sylvestris15/09/2012
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris01/07/2017
    WildflowersLesser BurdockArctium minus01/07/2017
    WildflowersHorse-radishArmoracia rusticana27/06/2020
    WildflowersCommon OracheAtriplex patula15/09/2012
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis01/07/2017
    WildflowersLesser Water-parsnipBerula erecta01/07/2017
    WildflowersNettle-leaved BellflowerCampanula trachelium01/07/2017
    WildflowersShepherd's-purseCapsella bursa-pastoris15/09/2012
    WildflowersWavy Bitter-cressCardamine flexuosa01/07/2017
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra01/07/2017
    WildflowersRed ValerianCentranthus ruber05/07/2020
    WildflowersRough ChervilChaerophyllum temulum15/09/2012
    WildflowersEnchanter's-nightshadeCircaea lutetiana05/07/2020
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense15/09/2012
    WildflowersField BindweedConvolvulus arvensis01/07/2017
    WildflowersBlack BryonyDioscorea communis01/07/2017
    WildflowersAmerican WillowherbEpilobium ciliatum01/07/2017
    WildflowersGreat WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum15/09/2012
    WildflowersBroad-leaved WillowherbEpilobium montanum01/07/2017
    WildflowersHairy TareErvilla hirsuta15/09/2012
    WildflowersSun SpurgeEuphorbia helioscopia15/09/2012
    WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria01/07/2017
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine27/06/2020
    WildflowersMarsh-bedstrawGalium palustre01/07/2017
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum15/09/2012
    WildflowersHedgerow Crane's-billGeranium pyrenaicum01/07/2017
    WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum01/07/2017
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum01/07/2017
    WildflowersMarsh CudweedGnaphalium uliginosum15/09/2012
    WildflowersFool's Water-cressHelosciadium nodiflorum01/07/2017
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium01/07/2017
    WildflowersMare's-tailHippuris vulgaris01/07/2017
    WildflowersPerforate St John's-wortHypericum perforatum01/07/2017
    WildflowersSquare-stalked St John's-wortHypericum tetrapterum05/07/2020
    WildflowersOrange BalsamImpatiens capensis15/09/2012
    WildflowersYellow IrisIris pseudacorus01/07/2017
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris15/09/2012
    WildflowersNipplewortLapsana communis27/06/2020
    WildflowersMeadow VetchlingLathyrus pratensis15/09/2012
    WildflowersCommon DuckweedLemna minor01/07/2017
    WildflowersOxeye DaisyLeucanthemum vulgare01/07/2017
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus01/07/2017
    WildflowersGreater Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus pedunculatus05/07/2020
    WildflowersGypsywortLycopus europaeus01/07/2017
    WildflowersScarlet PimpernelLysimachia arvensis15/09/2012
    WildflowersCreeping-JennyLysimachia nummularia27/06/2020
    WildflowersWhite MelilotMelilotus albus15/09/2012
    WildflowersRibbed MelilotMelilotus officinalis15/09/2012
    WildflowersWater MintMentha aquatica01/07/2017
    WildflowersWater Forget-me-notMyosotis scorpioides05/07/2020
    WildflowersYellow Water-lilyNuphar lutea27/06/2020
    WildflowersFringed Water-lilyNymphoides peltata01/07/2017
    WildflowersRed BartsiaOdontites vernus01/07/2017
    WildflowersPellitory-of-the-WallParietaria judaica05/07/2020
    WildflowersAmphibious BistortPersicaria amphibia01/07/2017
    WildflowersRedshankPersicaria maculosa15/09/2012
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata01/07/2017
    WildflowersGreater PlantainPlantago major15/09/2012
    WildflowersSilverweedPotentilla anserina01/07/2017
    WildflowersCreeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans01/07/2017
    WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris01/07/2017
    WildflowersCommon FleabanePulicaria dysenterica01/07/2017
    WildflowersLesser SpearwortRanunculus flammula15/09/2012
    WildflowersGreater SpearwortRanunculus lingua27/06/2020
    WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens01/07/2017
    WildflowersCelery-leaved ButtercupRanunculus sceleratus15/09/2012
    WildflowersWild RadishRaphanus raphanistrum subsp. raphanistrum15/09/2012
    WildflowersWater DockRumex hydrolapathum15/09/2012
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius01/07/2017
    WildflowersWood DockRumex sanguineus01/07/2017
    WildflowersSkullcapScutellaria galericulata05/07/2020
    WildflowersCommon GroundselSenecio vulgaris15/09/2012
    WildflowersRed CampionSilene dioica27/06/2020
    WildflowersCharlockSinapis arvensis15/09/2012
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara01/07/2017
    WildflowersPerennial Sow-thistleSonchus arvensis15/09/2012
    WildflowersPrickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper15/09/2012
    WildflowersSmooth Sow-thistleSonchus oleraceus01/07/2017
    WildflowersBranched Bur-reedSparganium erectum15/09/2012
    WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica01/07/2017
    WildflowersRussian Comfrey agg.Symphytum officinale x asperum = S. x uplandicum01/07/2017
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.01/07/2017
    WildflowersUpright Hedge-parsleyTorilis japonica01/07/2017
    WildflowersLesser TrefoilTrifolium dubium01/07/2017
    WildflowersRed CloverTrifolium pratense15/09/2012
    WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens15/09/2012
    WildflowersScentless MayweedTripleurospermum inodorum15/09/2012
    WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara27/06/2020
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica27/06/2020
    WildflowersCommon ValerianValeriana officinalis05/07/2020
    WildflowersGermander SpeedwellVeronica chamaedrys01/07/2017
    WildflowersThyme-leaved SpeedwellVeronica serpyllifolia01/07/2017
    WildflowersTufted VetchVicia cracca27/06/2020
    WildflowersBush VetchVicia sepium01/07/2017
    WildflowersField PansyViola arvensis15/09/2012
    WildflowersGarden PansyViola lutea x tricolor x altaica = V. x wittrockiana01/07/2017
    WildflowersSweet VioletViola odorata01/07/2017