GU Canal, S Wigston to Kilby Bridge

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

    Getting There

    This stretch can be accessed at either end, from Little Glen Road to the west and from Kilby Bridge to the east.

    Managed By
    Canal and River Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 55

    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.

    Wildlife Highlights

    Arrowhead can be found along this stretch. Along the towpath the adjacent grassland and hedge contains a good variety of species, including Spindle.

    Status
    • Canal
    • Grand Union Canal Conservation Area

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsMyrmica sabuleti01/06/1987
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata01/05/2019
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata01/05/2019
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos20/09/2018
    BirdsSwiftApus apus01/05/2019
    BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula01/05/2019
    BirdsMute SwanCygnus olor21/01/2017
    BirdsLittle EgretEgretta garzetta01/05/2019
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus26/04/2008
    BirdsHouse SparrowPasser domesticus01/05/2019
    BirdsStarlingSturnus vulgaris01/05/2019
    BirdsWhitethroatSylvia communis01/05/2019
    BirdsFieldfareTurdus pilaris29/10/2018
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io01/05/2019
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae01/05/2019
    ButterfliesHolly BlueCelastrina argiolus01/05/2019
    ButterfliesSmall WhitePieris rapae01/05/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans19/06/2019
    FishPikeEsox lucius16/11/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis01/05/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSweet Vernal-grassAnthoxanthum odoratum01/05/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Oat-grassArrhenatherum elatius01/05/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCrested Dog's-tailCynosurus cristatus19/06/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata19/06/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus19/06/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPerennial Rye-grassLolium perenne19/06/2019
    MammalsHedgehogErinaceus europaeus13/11/2019
    MammalsMuntjacMuntiacus reevesi13/11/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHazelCorylus avellana13/11/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna13/11/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSpindleEuonymus europaeus29/10/2018
    WildflowersShepherd's-purseCapsella bursa-pastoris01/05/2019
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare01/05/2019
    WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria13/11/2019
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum01/05/2019
    WildflowersMeadow Crane's-billGeranium pratense01/05/2019
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris01/05/2019
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus01/05/2019
    WildflowersPurple-loosestrifeLythrum salicaria13/11/2019
    WildflowersFringed Water-lilyNymphoides peltata15/07/2015
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata01/05/2019
    WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris19/06/2019
    WildflowersMeadow ButtercupRanunculus acris01/05/2019
    WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens01/05/2019
    WildflowersCurled DockRumex crispus01/05/2019
    WildflowersArrowheadSagittaria sagittifolia15/07/2015
    WildflowersCommon GroundselSenecio vulgaris01/05/2019
    WildflowersPrickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper01/05/2019
    WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media01/05/2019
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.01/05/2019
    WildflowersWall SpeedwellVeronica arvensis01/05/2019
    WildflowersCommon Field-speedwellVeronica persica01/05/2019
    WildflowersThyme-leaved SpeedwellVeronica serpyllifolia01/05/2019
    WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa01/05/2019
    Woodlice, CrustaceansPill WoodlouseArmadillidium vulgare19/06/2019