2006

  Wildlife on the Cut

The canals are playing a very important role nowadays in helping wildlife find a home. With so much of the countryside being turned over to high-power farming, or being taken for building development, wildlife is finding it increasingly difficult to compete. British Waterways, The Waterways Trust, and the well-known nature conservation charities are working together to make the canals more wildlife-friendly thus creating a natural corridor for wildlife. It is a 'bad' year for voles this year. So far, we have seen none, but if you come across one, please let your local 'nature charity' know when and where.

Wildlife Log

A list of all the varieties we saw during our holiday is shown below. Birds marked with * had young sighted with them.

Birds Insects etc Animals etc
Swift
Water Rail
Yellow Wagtail
Pheasant
Red-legged Partridge
Garden Warbler
Chiff Chaff
Yellowhammer
Black Cap
House Martin
Song Thrush
Blue Tit
Kestrel
Grey Wagtail
Stock Dove
Wood Pidgeon
Mistle Thrush
Wren
Siskin
Common Tern
Pied Wagtail
Canada Goose *
Coot
Moorhen *
Black-headed gull
Lapwing
Curlew
Oyster catcher
Chaffinch
Starling
Grey Heron
Mute Swan *
Mallard *
Blackbird
Magpie
Swallow
Crow
Speckled Wood Butterfly
Banded Demoiselle Damselfly
Common Ischnura Damselfly
Emperor Dragonfly
Buff-tailed Bumble Bee
Cabbage White Butterfly
Hover Fly
Blue Aeshna Dragonfly
Red Admiral Butterfly
Two-spot Ladybird
Hare
Grey Squirrel
Weasel
Rabbits
Roe deer

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