GU Canal, Mowsley Rd to Bosworth Tunnel

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

    Getting There

    Access from the north is via Mowsley Road and at the southern end via a public footpath that starts on Honeypot Lane in Husbands Bosworth.

    Managed By
    Canal and River Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 11

    Description

    This section runs south-west from Mowsley Road towards Husbands Bosworth where it enters a long tunnel across the north of the village.

    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
    FliesNoon FlyMesembrina meridiana30/08/2020
    FungiJelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae30/08/2020
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsRed Pustule GallAceria aceriscampestris30/08/2020
    Slugs & SnailsGarden SnailCornu aspersum30/08/2020
    SpidersGarden SpiderAraneus diadematus30/08/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina30/08/2020
    WildflowersOrange BalsamImpatiens capensis30/08/2020
    WildflowersGypsywortLycopus europaeus30/08/2020
    WildflowersKnotgrassPolygonum aviculare30/08/2020
    WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica30/08/2020
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica30/08/2020