Ashby Canal, Stoke Golding

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

    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.

    • Canal
    Managed By
    Canal and River Trust
    Further Information
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 68


    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.

    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Aceria eriobia20/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Black BryonyDioscorea communis20/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Pegomya20/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Epitrimerus trilobus20/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Sputnik Gall WaspDiplolepis nervosa20/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Sweet VioletViola odorata20/08/2020Melinda Bell
    GypsywortLycopus europaeus20/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Black SpleenwortAsplenium adiantum-nigrum20/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Hop SedgeCarex pseudocyperus20/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Southern HawkerAeshna cyanea20/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria20/08/2020Melinda Bell
    False Fox-sedgeCarex otrubae20/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Branched Bur-reedSparganium erectum20/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Dasineura pustulans20/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Amphibious BistortPersicaria amphibia20/08/2020Melinda Bell

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSputnik Gall WaspDiplolepis nervosa20/08/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae04/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro14/06/2017
    BeetlesAltica lythri06/05/2020
    BeetlesGalerucella sagittariae06/05/2020
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos20/08/2020
    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
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria20/08/2020
    CaddisfliesGlyphotaelius pellucidus06/05/2020
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura pustulans12/08/2020
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura ulmaria12/08/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesSouthern HawkerAeshna cyanea20/08/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens14/06/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesWhite-legged DamselflyPlatycnemis pennipes14/06/2017
    Ferns & HorsetailsBlack SpleenwortAsplenium adiantum-nigrum20/08/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsWall-rueAsplenium ruta-muraria12/08/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsMaidenhair SpleenwortAsplenium trichomanes12/08/2020
    FungiPodosphaera spiraeae12/08/2020
    FungiSycamore TarspotRhytisma acerinum04/08/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesGlaucous SedgeCarex flacca06/05/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHairy SedgeCarex hirta06/05/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Fox-sedgeCarex otrubae04/08/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesGreater Tussock-sedgeCarex paniculata06/05/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHop SedgeCarex pseudocyperus12/08/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesReed Sweet-grassGlyceria maxima04/08/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia06/05/2020
    insect - hymenopteranCommon Carder BeeBombus pascuorum04/08/2017
    insect - true fly (Diptera)Pegomya20/08/2020
    MammalsOtterLutra lutra29/06/2020
    MammalsBrown RatRattus norvegicus04/03/2017
    MammalsRed FoxVulpes vulpes01/05/2020
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria eriobia20/08/2020
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsEpitrimerus trilobus20/08/2020
    SawfliesAthalia scutellariae04/08/2017
    SawfliesWillow Redgall SawflyPontania proxima12/08/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWhite WillowSalix alba20/08/2020
    WildflowersWater-starwort agg.Callitriche agg.06/05/2020
    WildflowersLarge Bitter-cressCardamine amara06/05/2020
    WildflowersBlack BryonyDioscorea communis20/08/2020
    WildflowersMarsh-bedstrawGalium palustre30/06/2014
    WildflowersOrange BalsamImpatiens capensis12/08/2020
    WildflowersMeadow VetchlingLathyrus pratensis14/06/2017
    WildflowersGypsywortLycopus europaeus20/08/2020
    WildflowersBlack MedickMedicago lupulina12/08/2020
    WildflowersWall LettuceMycelis muralis12/08/2020
    WildflowersAmphibious BistortPersicaria amphibia06/05/2020
    WildflowersWater DockRumex hydrolapathum06/05/2020
    WildflowersSkullcapScutellaria galericulata07/05/2020
    WildflowersRagged-RobinSilene flos-cuculi12/08/2020
    WildflowersBranched Bur-reedSparganium erectum20/08/2020
    WildflowersThyme-leaved SpeedwellVeronica serpyllifolia06/05/2020
    WildflowersBush VetchVicia sepium07/05/2020
    WildflowersSweet VioletViola odorata20/08/2020