Ashby Canal, Stoke Golding

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    Getting There

    Access is from Shenton Lane, just north of Dadlington to reach the northern end and from Basin Bridge Lane at the southern end.

    Managed By
    Canal and River Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 32


    This section of the Ashby Canal skirts around the western edge of Stoke Golding.

    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.

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    Further Information
    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    KestrelFalco tinnunculus04/08/2017Steve Harris
    MagpiePica pica04/08/2017Steve Harris
    SwallowHirundo rustica04/08/2017Steve Harris
    Athalia scutellariae04/08/2017Steve Harris
    Sycamore TarspotRhytisma acerinum04/08/2017Steve Harris
    Reed Sweet-grassGlyceria maxima04/08/2017Steve Harris
    False Fox-sedgeCarex otrubae04/08/2017Steve Harris
    Bedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae04/08/2017Steve Harris
    Common Carder BeeBombus pascuorum04/08/2017Steve Harris
    Water DockRumex hydrolapathum04/08/2017Steve Harris
    HornetVespa crabro14/06/2017Steve Harris
    Hop SedgeCarex pseudocyperus14/06/2017Steve Harris
    ChaffinchFringilla coelebs14/06/2017Steve Harris
    Meadow VetchlingLathyrus pratensis14/06/2017Steve Harris
    Banded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens14/06/2017Steve Harris

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae04/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro14/06/2017
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos15/02/2017
    BirdsCanada GooseBranta canadensis04/03/2017
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis04/03/2017
    BirdsGreenfinchCarduelis chloris04/03/2017
    BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula04/03/2017
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus04/03/2017
    BirdsMute SwanCygnus olor15/02/2017
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus04/08/2017
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs14/06/2017
    BirdsCootFulica atra15/02/2017
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus04/03/2017
    BirdsSwallowHirundo rustica04/08/2017
    BirdsGreat TitParus major04/03/2017
    BirdsMagpiePica pica04/08/2017
    BirdsDunnockPrunella modularis04/03/2017
    BirdsNuthatchSitta europaea04/03/2017
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula04/03/2017
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura ulmaria30/06/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens14/06/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesWhite-legged DamselflyPlatycnemis pennipes14/06/2017
    FungiSycamore TarspotRhytisma acerinum04/08/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Fox-sedgeCarex otrubae04/08/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHop SedgeCarex pseudocyperus14/06/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesReed Sweet-grassGlyceria maxima04/08/2017
    insect - hymenopteranCommon Carder BeeBombus pascuorum04/08/2017
    MammalsBrown RatRattus norvegicus04/03/2017
    SawfliesAthalia scutellariae04/08/2017
    WildflowersMarsh-bedstrawGalium palustre30/06/2014