GU Canal, Harb Arm, Harb Rd to end

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

    Getting There

    The northern reach of this stretch is accessed from Harborough Road and the end of the canal is accessed from Union Wharf in Market Harborough.

    Managed By
    Canal and River Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 20

    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.

    This is the last segment of a spur that splits from the Leicester arm of the canal At Foxton Locks and terminates in Market Harborough.

    Status
    • Canal
    • Grand Union Canal Conservation Area
    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Hawthorn MidgetPhyllonorycter corylifoliella09/09/2018Peter Smith
    Creeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans09/09/2018Peter Smith
    Greater SpearwortRanunculus lingua09/09/2018Peter Smith
    Varied Carpet BeetleAnthrenus verbasci08/04/2018Peter Smith
    Thale CressArabidopsis thaliana08/04/2018Peter Smith
    Ivy-leaved SpeedwellVeronica hederifolia08/04/2018Peter Smith
    Garlic MustardAlliaria petiolata13/05/2017Craig Mabbett
    Water SoldierStratiotes aloides11/09/2016Peter Smith
    Branched Bur-reedSparganium erectum11/09/2016Peter Smith
    Brown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis11/09/2016Peter Smith
    Banded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens18/06/2016Jerry Clough
    Meadowsweet Rust FungusTriphragmium ulmariae18/06/2016Jerry Clough
    MeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria18/06/2016Jerry Clough
    KingfisherAlcedo atthis17/02/2013Peter Smith
    MeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria29/07/2012Peter Smith