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.
Resident British birds including Blue Tit, Blackbird, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Marsh Tit, Mistle Thrush, Robin and Song Thrush may be seen.
Winter brings migrants from other countries. These include Redwings and Fieldfares who are members of the thrush family. They mainly feed on berries and may be seen in the hedgerows. Other migrants include Bramblings, Redpolls and Siskins. Also Blackcaps, males have black caps, females brown caps.
Birds to be seen on the water include Coots, Moorhens, Mallard ducks and Swans.
As well as the more common birds, Kingfishers, Grey Herons, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Grey and Pied Wagtails may also be seen. Birds of prey, including Kestrels, Buzzards and Red Kites are sometimes seen.
Deer, foxes and other mammals can sometimes be seen on the towpath and in the adjacent fields.
These photos show some of the wildlife which may be seen along the canal.