The canal corridor through the beautiful Sussex and Surrey countryside provides a natural link between a rich variety of habitats. This supports a wide range of wildlife which has improved as restoration of the canal has progressed. The Trust's Nature, Ecology & Conservation guide is available at Loxwood Canal Centre.
During the summer months, many different species of insects can be seen. Damselflies & dragonflies can be found in the reeds and on the banks of the canal. Look out for banded demoiselles near the tops of the reeds. The larger Hawker & Emperor dragonflies patrol the canal and towpath hunting for small insects. Colourful butterflies flutter along the hedgerows and can often be found on the brambles and wild flowers. If you are lucky, you may see a flash of blue and orange as a Kingfisher flies past just above the water. Grey Herons stand motionless waiting for their prey. Deer are sometimes seen in the adjacent fields.
These photos show some of the wildlife which can be seen along the canal.