GU Canal, S Wigston to Kilby Bridge
Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary
This stretch can be accessed at either end, from Little Glen Road to the west and from Kilby Bridge to the east.
Total species seen at this site: 55
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.
Arrowhead can be found along this stretch. Along the towpath the adjacent grassland and hedge contains a good variety of species, including Spindle.
- Grand Union Canal Conservation Area
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Pike||Esox lucius||16/11/2019||Craig Mabbett|
|Pill Woodlouse||Armadillidium vulgare||19/06/2019||JamieG|
|Blue-tailed Damselfly||Ischnura elegans||19/06/2019||JamieG|
|False Oat-grass||Arrhenatherum elatius||19/06/2019||JamieG|
|Crested Dog's-tail||Cynosurus cristatus||19/06/2019||JamieG|
|Perennial Rye-grass||Lolium perenne||19/06/2019||JamieG|