GU Canal, Wistow Rd to Saddington Tunnel

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

    Getting There

    This stretch can be accessed from Wistow Road in the north. To the south, the nearest access point before the canal enters Saddington Tunnel is a public footpath from Kibworth Road which runs through Mill Field Wood, adjacent to the canal.

    Managed By
    Canal and River Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 112

    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.

    Mill Field Wood lies adjacent to the canal - a Woodland Trust site with good access.

    Wildlife Highlights

    The bordering grassland and hedges next to the towpath include a number of interesting plants, such as Field Madder, and are also excellent for a range of invertebrates. A good diversity of dragonfly species can be found along the canal, including the White-legged Damselfly.

    Status
    • Canal
    • Grand Union Canal Conservation Area

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris21/07/2020
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata21/07/2020
    BeetlesDonacia semicuprea21/07/2020
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata26/08/2020
    Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata16/07/2016
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva16/07/2016
    BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus16/07/2016
    BirdsGrey HeronArdea cinerea26/08/2020
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus05/03/2016
    BirdsSwallowHirundo rustica09/08/2020
    BirdsPied WagtailMotacilla alba13/06/2020
    BirdsGrey WagtailMotacilla cinerea09/08/2020
    BirdsMarsh TitPoecile palustris16/07/2016
    BirdsGarden WarblerSylvia borin16/07/2016
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula09/08/2020
    BugsRed BugDeraeocoris ruber21/07/2020
    BugsCommon PondskaterGerris lacustris16/07/2016
    BugsForest BugPentatoma rufipes16/07/2016
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus16/07/2016
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina16/07/2016
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria26/08/2020
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus21/07/2020
    ButterfliesSmall SkipperThymelicus sylvestris16/07/2016
    ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta21/07/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesMigrant HawkerAeshna mixta21/09/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesEmperor DragonflyAnax imperator16/07/2016
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBroad-bodied ChaserLibellula depressa16/07/2016
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesWhite-legged DamselflyPlatycnemis pennipes21/07/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum16/07/2016
    EarwigsCommon European EarwigForficula auricularia22/07/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsRusty-back FernCeterach officinarum13/06/2020
    FliesAnthomyia pluvialis21/07/2020
    FliesBroad CenturianChloromyia formosa16/07/2016
    FliesConops quadrifasciatus09/08/2020
    FliesEmpis livida16/07/2016
    FliesEriothrix rufomaculata21/07/2020
    FliesOpomyza germinationis agg.16/07/2016
    FliesPoecilobothrus nobilitatus16/07/2016
    FliesSarcophaga sp.18/08/2020
    FliesYellow Dung FlyScathophaga stercoraria26/08/2020
    FliesTachina fera09/08/2020
    FliesXyphosia miliaria16/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBlack-grassAlopecurus myosuroides16/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSweet Vernal-grassAnthoxanthum odoratum16/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Oat-grassArrhenatherum elatius16/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesWild-oatAvena fatua16/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHairy-bromeBromopsis ramosa16/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesGreater Tussock-sedgeCarex paniculata13/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesGreater Pond-sedgeCarex riparia16/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata16/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon Spike-rushEleocharis palustris16/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBearded CouchElymus caninus16/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon CouchElymus repens16/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFloating Sweet-grassGlyceria fluitans16/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesReed Sweet-grassGlyceria maxima16/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSoft-rushJuncus effusus16/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon ReedPhragmites australis09/08/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesRough Meadow-grassPoa trivialis16/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesLesser BulrushTypha angustifolia16/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia21/07/2020
    harvestman (Opiliones)Dicranopalpus ramosus agg.26/08/2020
    HoverfliesBaccha elongata22/07/2020
    HoverfliesEristalis arbustorum18/08/2020
    HoverfliesTapered Drone FlyEristalis pertinax26/08/2020
    HoverfliesLong HoverflySphaerophoria scripta18/08/2020
    insect - dragonfly (Odonata)Blue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans09/08/2020
    insect - true bug (Hemiptera)Deraeocoris (Deraeocoris) flavilinea22/07/2020
    LichensCaloplaca flavescens16/07/2016
    LichensChewing Gum LichenLecanora muralis16/07/2016
    LichensPhyscia caesia16/07/2016
    Mosses & LiverwortsRough-stalked Feather-mossBrachythecium rutabulum16/12/2018
    MothsCommon MarbleCelypha lacunana16/07/2016
    Slugs & SnailsKentish Garden SnailMonacha cantiana21/07/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSpindleEuonymus europaeus16/07/2016
    WildflowersNarrow-leaved Water-plantainAlisma lanceolatum22/07/2020
    WildflowersCommon Water-plantainAlisma plantago-aquatica16/07/2016
    WildflowersThyme-leaved SandwortArenaria serpyllifolia subsp. serpyllifolia13/06/2020
    WildflowersWelted ThistleCarduus crispus16/07/2016
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra16/07/2016
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum16/07/2016
    WildflowersNuttall's WaterweedElodea nuttallii16/07/2016
    WildflowersGreat WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum16/07/2016
    WildflowersSmooth TareErvum tetraspermum16/07/2016
    WildflowersBlack BindweedFallopia convolvulus16/07/2016
    WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria16/07/2016
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine16/07/2016
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum16/07/2016
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris16/07/2016
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album16/07/2016
    WildflowersNipplewortLapsana communis16/07/2016
    WildflowersCommon DuckweedLemna minor16/07/2016
    WildflowersGypsywortLycopus europaeus16/07/2016
    WildflowersScented MayweedMatricaria chamomilla16/07/2016
    WildflowersField Forget-me-notMyosotis arvensis16/07/2016
    WildflowersYellow Water-lilyNuphar lutea16/07/2016
    WildflowersRed BartsiaOdontites vernus16/07/2016
    WildflowersFennel PondweedPotamogeton pectinatus16/07/2016
    WildflowersSilverweedPotentilla anserina16/07/2016
    WildflowersCreeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans16/07/2016
    WildflowersWater DockRumex hydrolapathum16/07/2016
    WildflowersArrowheadSagittaria sagittifolia16/07/2016
    WildflowersWater FigwortScrophularia auriculata16/07/2016
    WildflowersSkullcapScutellaria galericulata16/07/2016
    WildflowersField MadderSherardia arvensis16/07/2016
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara16/07/2016
    WildflowersPrickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper16/07/2016
    WildflowersUnbranched Bur-reedSparganium emersum16/07/2016
    WildflowersMarsh WoundwortStachys palustris09/08/2020
    WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica16/07/2016
    WildflowersRussian Comfrey agg.Symphytum officinale x asperum = S. x uplandicum16/07/2016
    WildflowersGoat's-beardTragopogon pratensis16/07/2016
    WildflowersTufted VetchVicia cracca21/07/2020