Ashby Canal, Hinckley N to Basin Bridge Lane

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

    Getting There

    The northern access point is Basin Bridge Lane and in Hinckley access is from Dodwells Road.

    Managed By
    Canal and River Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 174

    Description

    This section runs from near Higham to the edge of Hinckley.

    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
    Further Information

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida12/05/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum13/09/2018
    BeetlesGalerucella sagittariae15/05/2015
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis31/07/2015
    BeetlesPlateumaris sericea12/05/2015
    BeetlesScarce Fungus WeevilPlatyrhinus resinosus26/06/2015
    BeetlesCardinal BeetlePyrochroa serraticornis25/05/2015
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus07/01/2017
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos28/09/2011
    BirdsCanada GooseBranta canadensis04/03/2017
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo07/01/2017
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis04/03/2017
    BirdsGreenfinchCarduelis chloris04/03/2017
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus07/01/2017
    BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula04/03/2017
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus28/09/2011
    BirdsMute SwanCygnus olor28/09/2011
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula07/01/2017
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs07/01/2017
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus24/07/2015
    BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius15/05/2015
    BirdsGreat TitParus major07/01/2017
    BirdsDunnockPrunella modularis04/03/2017
    BirdsNuthatchSitta europaea04/03/2017
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula07/01/2017
    BugsBlack Bean AphidAphis fabae12/06/2015
    BugsRed-and-black FroghopperCercopis vulnerata12/05/2015
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io12/05/2015
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae12/05/2015
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus26/06/2015
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula oleracea15/05/2015
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens26/06/2015
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesWhite-legged DamselflyPlatycnemis pennipes31/07/2015
    Ferns & HorsetailsBlack SpleenwortAsplenium adiantum-nigrum12/05/2015
    Ferns & HorsetailsWall-rueAsplenium ruta-muraria12/06/2015
    Ferns & HorsetailsField HorsetailEquisetum arvense12/05/2015
    FliesBee FlyBombylius major15/05/2015
    FliesPegomya solennis18/09/2018
    FliesPsila merdaria15/05/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis12/05/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBarren BromeAnisantha sterilis12/05/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Oat-grassArrhenatherum elatius12/06/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse-bromeBrachypodium sylvaticum04/07/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHairy-bromeBromopsis ramosa26/06/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon Soft-bromeBromus hordeaceus subsp. hordeaceus12/05/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesLesser Pond-sedgeCarex acutiformis07/06/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBrown SedgeCarex disticha07/06/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHairy SedgeCarex hirta12/05/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Fox-sedgeCarex otrubae15/05/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesGreater Tussock-sedgeCarex paniculata15/05/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHop SedgeCarex pseudocyperus18/06/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesGreater Pond-sedgeCarex riparia15/05/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata12/05/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesToad RushJuncus bufonius04/07/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCompact RushJuncus conglomeratus26/06/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSoft-rushJuncus effusus12/05/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHard RushJuncus inflexus15/05/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPerennial Rye-grassLolium perenne07/06/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesReed Canary-grassPhalaris arundinacea26/06/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTimothyPhleum pratense31/07/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesAnnual Meadow-grassPoa annua06/04/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTall FescueSchedonorus arundinaceus07/06/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia06/04/2015
    HoverfliesCheilosia albitarsis/ranunculi agg.12/05/2015
    HoverfliesCommon Drone FlyEristalis tenax12/05/2015
    HoverfliesPlatycheirus clypeatus12/05/2015
    MammalsWater VoleArvicola amphibius13/01/2016
    MammalsBrown RatRattus norvegicus04/03/2017
    MammalsGrey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis06/04/2015
    MammalsMoleTalpa europaea13/09/2018
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsCauliflower Gall MiteAceria fraxinivora09/09/2010
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria pseudoplatani12/06/2015
    Mosses & LiverwortsPointed Spear-mossCalliergonella cuspidata07/01/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsSpringy Turf-mossRhytidiadelphus squarrosus07/01/2017
    MothsThe MulleinCucullia verbasci26/06/2015
    MothsThe DrinkerEuthrix potatoria16/05/2015
    SawfliesDolerus niger25/05/2015
    Slugs & SnailsSwan MusselAnodonta cygnea25/05/2015
    Slugs & SnailsAmber SnailSuccinea putris15/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre12/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus12/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDogwoodCornus sanguinea12/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna06/04/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior07/01/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHollyIlex aquifolium06/04/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild PrivetLigustrum vulgare20/06/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHoneysuckleLonicera periclymenum12/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAspenPopulus tremula12/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur12/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBuckthornRhamnus cathartica07/06/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField-roseRosa arvensis26/06/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina12/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWhite WillowSalix alba12/06/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWeeping Willow agg.Salix alba x babylonica = S. x sepulcralis agg.15/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGrey WillowSalix cinerea subsp. cinerea12/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSalix x fragilis31/07/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSnowberrySymphoricarpos albus07/01/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGorseUlex europaeus06/04/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWych ElmUlmus glabra12/05/2015
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis06/04/2015
    WildflowersBeggarticksBidens frondosa13/09/2018
    WildflowersWhite BryonyBryonia dioica26/06/2015
    WildflowersLarge BindweedCalystegia silvatica24/07/2015
    WildflowersShepherd's-purseCapsella bursa-pastoris26/06/2015
    WildflowersLarge Bitter-cressCardamine amara15/05/2015
    WildflowersWavy Bitter-cressCardamine flexuosa15/05/2015
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis12/05/2015
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra31/07/2015
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum12/05/2015
    WildflowersRough ChervilChaerophyllum temulum15/05/2015
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense06/04/2015
    WildflowersMarsh ThistleCirsium palustre07/06/2015
    WildflowersSmooth Hawk's-beardCrepis capillaris26/06/2015
    WildflowersBeaked Hawk's-beardCrepis vesicaria26/06/2015
    WildflowersCommon Spotted-orchidDactylorhiza fuchsii25/05/2015
    WildflowersBlack BryonyDioscorea communis24/07/2015
    WildflowersGreat WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum12/05/2015
    WildflowersHoary WillowherbEpilobium parviflorum26/06/2015
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna06/04/2015
    WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria26/06/2015
    WildflowersMarsh-bedstrawGalium palustre26/06/2015
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum12/05/2015
    WildflowersFrench Crane's-billGeranium endressii26/06/2015
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum12/05/2015
    WildflowersBristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides24/07/2015
    WildflowersFool's Water-cressHelosciadium nodiflorum06/04/2015
    WildflowersSquare-stalked St John's-wortHypericum tetrapterum31/07/2015
    WildflowersOrange BalsamImpatiens capensis12/06/2015
    WildflowersYellow IrisIris pseudacorus07/06/2015
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album06/04/2015
    WildflowersNipplewortLapsana communis12/06/2015
    WildflowersBroad-leaved Everlasting-peaLathyrus latifolius25/05/2015
    WildflowersMeadow VetchlingLathyrus pratensis16/06/2018
    WildflowersCommon DuckweedLemna minor15/05/2015
    WildflowersOxeye DaisyLeucanthemum vulgare07/06/2015
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus07/06/2015
    WildflowersGypsywortLycopus europaeus31/07/2015
    WildflowersScarlet PimpernelLysimachia arvensis26/06/2015
    WildflowersCreeping-JennyLysimachia nummularia20/06/2018
    WildflowersPurple-loosestrifeLythrum salicaria20/06/2018
    WildflowersBlack MedickMedicago lupulina15/05/2015
    WildflowersField Forget-me-notMyosotis arvensis07/06/2015
    WildflowersWater Forget-me-notMyosotis scorpioides07/06/2015
    WildflowersLove-in-a-mistNigella damascena07/06/2015
    WildflowersYellow Water-lilyNuphar lutea20/06/2018
    WildflowersHemlock Water-dropwortOenanthe crocata26/06/2015
    WildflowersBee OrchidOphrys apifera26/06/2015
    WildflowersAmphibious BistortPersicaria amphibia15/05/2015
    WildflowersRedshankPersicaria maculosa26/06/2015
    WildflowersCowslipPrimula veris15/05/2015
    WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris26/06/2015
    WildflowersMeadow ButtercupRanunculus acris12/05/2015
    WildflowersBulbous ButtercupRanunculus bulbosus06/04/2015
    WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens12/05/2015
    WildflowersCelery-leaved ButtercupRanunculus sceleratus15/05/2015
    WildflowersWater DockRumex hydrolapathum09/09/2010
    WildflowersWater FigwortScrophularia auriculata12/05/2015
    WildflowersSkullcapScutellaria galericulata26/06/2015
    WildflowersHedge MustardSisymbrium officinale12/05/2015
    WildflowersBranched Bur-reedSparganium erectum07/06/2015
    WildflowersLamb's-earStachys byzantina25/05/2015
    WildflowersMarsh WoundwortStachys palustris31/07/2015
    WildflowersLesser StitchwortStellaria graminea07/06/2015
    WildflowersGreater StitchwortStellaria holostea25/05/2015
    WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media06/04/2015
    WildflowersCommon Comfrey agg.Symphytum officinale agg.26/06/2015
    WildflowersUpright Hedge-parsleyTorilis japonica26/06/2015
    WildflowersGoat's-beardTragopogon pratensis26/06/2015
    WildflowersGermander SpeedwellVeronica chamaedrys12/05/2015
    WildflowersTufted VetchVicia cracca12/06/2015
    WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa12/05/2015
    WildflowersBush VetchVicia sepium26/06/2015
    WildflowersEarly Dog-violetViola reichenbachiana06/04/2015
    Woodlice, CrustaceansSignal CrayfishPacifastacus leniusculus21/06/2018