GU Canal, Foxton Locks to Bunkers Hill

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

    Getting There

    At the northern end of this stretch, access is from Foxton Locks. At the southern end, access is from Bunkers Hill.

    Managed By
    Canal and River Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 23

    Description

    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.

    Status
    • Canal
    • Grand Union Canal Conservation Area

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis09/05/2020
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos22/05/2015
    BirdsRookCorvus frugilegus14/01/2017
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus22/05/2015
    BugsDeraeocoris flavilinea16/06/2020
    BugsHarpocera thoracica02/05/2020
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesSpotted CraneflyNephrotoma appendiculata02/05/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans16/06/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium22/05/2015
    Ferns & HorsetailsField HorsetailEquisetum arvense22/05/2015
    FungiSt George's MushroomCalocybe gambosa22/05/2015
    FungiDryad's SaddlePolyporus squamosus16/06/2020
    HoverfliesCheilosia illustrata22/05/2015
    MothsSmall Yellow UnderwingPanemeria tenebrata09/05/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna22/05/2015
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum22/05/2015
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine22/05/2015
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium22/05/2015
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album22/05/2015
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata22/05/2015
    WildflowersRed CampionSilene dioica22/05/2015
    WildflowersGermander SpeedwellVeronica chamaedrys22/05/2015
    WildflowersThyme-leaved SpeedwellVeronica serpyllifolia22/05/2015