GU Canal, Gumley Rd to Foxton Locks

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

    Getting There

    Access in the north is from Gumley Road and from the south it reaches Foxton Locks.

    Managed By
    Canal and River Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 18


    The main route of the Grand Union Canal, built between 1793 and 1814, is from London to Birmingham but it has several 'arms' including that which runs to Leicester and beyond into Nottinghamshire. This is a navigable route and has a public footpath (towpath) along the full length. As with most canals, the shallow water (typically around 1.2m) and shallower edges provides good habitat for emergent aquatic vegetation, which in turn supports a wide range of invertebrates.

    • Canal
    • Grand Union Canal Conservation Area

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus21/02/2016
    BirdsSwallowHirundo rustica26/05/2013
    BirdsHouse SparrowPasser domesticus26/05/2013
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita22/04/2017
    BirdsWillow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus22/04/2017
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes28/12/2014
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula22/04/2017
    BirdsFieldfareTurdus pilaris28/12/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesWhite-legged DamselflyPlatycnemis pennipes12/07/2013
    FliesAulagromyza heringii10/11/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesWall BarleyHordeum murinum22/05/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon ReedPhragmites australis21/02/2016
    SpidersAgelena labyrinthica31/05/2020
    WildflowersShepherd's-purseCapsella bursa-pastoris22/05/2015
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna25/03/2018
    WildflowersRed Dead-nettleLamium purpureum25/03/2018
    WildflowersHemlock Water-dropwortOenanthe crocata19/06/2020
    WildflowersCommon GroundselSenecio vulgaris22/05/2015