Wildlife spotting on the canals and rivers

The canals might have been built by humans, to serve the needs of trade and industry, but over the years they have become a haven for nature. All kinds of wildlife lives on the canals, from common sights such as mallards and moorhens, to rarer creatures like otters, kingfishers and water voles.

Wildlife watching at Tring Reservoirs
Wildlife watching at Tring Reservoirs

In a world of increasing urbanisation, canals and rivers provide vital green corridors, linking up areas of habitat. They are alive with plant and insect life, which, in turn, provide food sources for many larger species. The Canal & River Trust's staff and volunteers carry out a lot of conservation work along the waterways to help preserve these unique habitats and the plants and animals that they support.

To help you with your wildlife spotting, the Canal & River Trust's ecologists have provided this handy guide to the species that call our waterways home.

Last Updated: 18 June 2012

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