Wildlife on England’s Rivers and Canals

14 March, 2014

Abundance of SwansOn our journey along the Rivers and Canals we come across some abundant wildlife.  For those who are avid bird watchers or just want to relax and enjoy the wildlife a boating holiday could be just what you are looking for.

As well as the many swans with their signets mainly on the River Thames we have also seen Egyptian and Brent Geese as well as the hundreds of Canada Geese.  Plenty of herons are also very prominent as well as the various breeds of ducks and other fowl.

We occasionally see kingfishers in selected locations.  We spotted a pair on the Thames and our guests at the time were elated.  Others were seen at Winkwell on the Grand Union Canal.  We still remember there vivid colours against the backdrop of the trees.kingfisher watching

The local duck population at the marina has made good use of our plant box on the roof of the boat, using it as a nest to lay 2 eggs.  The mother decided to abandon the eggs so our morning breakfast was very tasty.

We have occasionally seen water voles and also when we were on the Kennet and Avon Canal, we observed crayfish popping in and out of the riverside burrows.  These are quite contentious as the black are from America and are killing off the native variety which is now seriously threatened.

The different seasons bring fresh opportunity to see new varieties and we enter our 2014 cruises hoping to add to our experience.

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