A spotter’s guide to waterway wildlife

We've put together a spotter's guide to what you might find on, in and by the water. Why not take a trip to your nearest waterway and see how many different species you can spot?

A group of girls spotting wildlife by the Montgomery Canal Spotting wildlife by the Montgomery Canal

Our canals and rivers are a great place to unwind and get back to nature. No matter whether you're in the centre of a city or our in the countryside, you’ll be surrounded by flora and fauna.

From tiny insects to mighty oak trees, come and see what our wildlife-rich waterways have to offer.

Look on the right-hand side of this page for a long list of other exciting species you can see along our canals and rivers. 

If you discover something unusual on your next visit, take a picture, if you can, and share it with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Don't forget to tag us in @canalrivertrust and use #LifesBetterByWater so we can see what you've spotted.

Last date edited: 15 June 2022