Wildlife on the Canal, October 2020

Here are two lovely photos and an amazing video clip of wildlife recently spotted on the canal in Clydach. The stills of the kingfisher and squirrel are wonderful close-ups and the video of the otter is truly outstanding. We are indebted to Beth and her son for the images. Keep your eyes peeled and send...


Christine Carr took this photo of a terrapin in the Swansea Canal: This is what she said about the unexpected meeting;- “To say it was a surprise to me to see a terrapin sunbathing on the side of Swansea Canal is an understatement.  However, as it didn’t seem to want to interrupt its sun soaking...


     Wildflower seeds  were sown aong side the the towpath during recent repairs.  They are now coming into blossom, providing a source of nector for bees and other pollinators.  Hopefully these areas will gradually be increased as work progresses.    


  There has been some discussion regarding wildflowers and planting alongside the canal.  There are many wildflowers, easily recognisale specieis, but there are also many that are not.  The plants support a diversity of wildlife and play a very important part in the biodiversity of the local area.  Great care is taken when working along...


The primroses planted at Trebanos Lock several years ago have now naturalised and and making a lovely display this year.   Well worth going along there to have a look.

Toby, Martins and Hawks.

  Volunteer Toby sent us this photo of  a sparrowhawk that he recently caught  attacking the martins nesting in his barn.  After capturing it, he set it free to continue on its way. Of course, the presence of predatory birds is a sign of a healthy small bird population.

Heron, Clydach Lock, 22.3.16

Volunteers worked on the off bank under the watchful eye of a heron perched in a tree above them.  The heron was seen to fly down into the canal under the road over-bridge. Within half a minute it caught three fish. Not good news for the fish, but a positive indication of the water quality...

Six Bat Species on the Swansea Canal

Bat monitoring took place at three points along the Swansea Canal for one week this summer. 1. Below Coed Gwilym Bridge Clydach. 2. Half a mile north of Coed Gwilym Park in Trebanos, and 3. Below St Peters Church Pontardawe. Below is an analysis of the results by Steve Lucas of the Bat Conservation Trust:-...

Bat Monitoring

Today we joined in the Bat Conservation Trust’s bat monitoring. Steve provided bat monitors and instructed us in the use of them.  They are to be left in position for a week and they will automatically locate their position through their GPS system and turn on and off between dusk and dawn to record any...


Steve Lucas, of the Bats Conservation Trust, kindly led a group of adults and children, along the Swansea Canal on Friday at dusk. He preceded it with a shsort talk on what we could expect to find and lots of other information. Everyone was provided with bat detectors and given advice and more information throughout...

BAT WALK along the Swansea Canal 7th August at sunset. Updated with details

Steve Lucas of the Bat Conservation Society, has kindly offered to lead a bat walk along the canal, starting from the car park in Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach, SA6 5NS at 8.45 pm. Please bring a torch with you and wear suitable clothes. All are welcome to join us.

Cow Parsley and Damsel Flies

At this time of year the canal banks which are covered with cow parsley which is now in flower. Not only does this look beautiful, but it provides food for many creatures, including the beautiful damsel fly photographed below.