GU Canal, Harb Arm, Foxton to Harb Rd

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

    Managed By
    Canal and River Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 19


    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.

    This short spur of canal splits from the Leicester arm at Foxton locks and extends into Market Harborough.

    • Canal
    • Grand Union Canal Conservation Area
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    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    BulrushTypha latifolia13/09/2020Peter Smith
    Great WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum13/09/2020Peter Smith
    MeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria13/09/2020Peter Smith
    Water FigwortScrophularia auriculata13/09/2020Peter Smith
    GypsywortLycopus europaeus13/09/2020Peter Smith
    AshFraxinus excelsior13/09/2020Peter Smith
    Cauliflower Gall MiteAceria fraxinivora13/09/2020Peter Smith
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria13/09/2020Peter Smith
    BlackbirdTurdus merula22/04/2017G D McPhail
    MallardAnas platyrhynchos22/04/2017G D McPhail
    GreenfinchCarduelis chloris22/04/2017G D McPhail
    ChaffinchFringilla coelebs22/04/2017G D McPhail
    SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus22/04/2017G D McPhail
    ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita22/04/2017G D McPhail
    Wood PigeonColumba palumbus22/04/2017G D McPhail

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior13/09/2020
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula22/04/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia13/09/2020
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsCauliflower Gall MiteAceria fraxinivora13/09/2020
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs22/04/2017
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita22/04/2017
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis22/04/2017
    WildflowersGreat WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum13/09/2020
    BirdsGreenfinchCarduelis chloris22/04/2017
    WildflowersGypsywortLycopus europaeus13/09/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes22/04/2017
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos22/04/2017
    WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria13/09/2020
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines09/04/2017
    BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus22/04/2017
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria13/09/2020
    WildflowersWater FigwortScrophularia auriculata13/09/2020
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus22/04/2017
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes22/04/2017