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
Plastic and harmful waste harms wildlife and our environment

Did you know?

Every hour enough plastic to fill two bin bags is washed into our oceans from canals and rivers.

Our canals and rivers are a great way to unwind and get back to nature. No matter where you visit us, inner city or rural 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 spot by our canals and rivers. 

If you spot something unusual on your next visit then take a pic and share it with us on Twitter. We love to see what you’ve been spotting.

Last date edited: 3 August 2020