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.

Moorhen 26.5.15

The carefully maintained wildlife habitat on the offside of the canal opposite the car wash north of  Clydach Lock has proved its worth. A pair of moorhens have nested in the reeds and two of the eggs have successfully hatched. We managed to get a number of shots of  aparent and one of the chicks,...

Wildlife Habitats along the Canal.

Not only does the canal provide a home within its waters for many creatures, including plants and rare fish, such as lampreys but the banks of the canal are also an important habitat for wildlife and nature. Many of the native plants form an important habitat, and as such are managed with care to enable...


Against the sun, he was spotted in a tree north of Cydach Lock. We followed him down to the Mond and got a shot of him in the sun (and the only photo taken all morning of him with the canal in view). Then he was darting back behind the gardens of Capel Road to...

Elephant Hawk-Moth caterpillar

We saw this huge, beautiful caterpillar while gardening at the Cefn Erw Monkey Sanctuary.  Although it wasn’t strictly on the canal as it remains, I feel justified in posting him on here as the canal was very nearby in the past at Abercrave, and he was very handsome.

A walk with a camera

Joanne has been wandering along the canal with her camera in addition to her other volunteering duties, and has come up with some lovely photos of some unusual perspectives and things you might not notice.                

Butterflies and Dragonflies Walk: June 21st.

  Rhi Bevan, the Water for Wildlife Officer, led a 15 strong party of insect watchers on a walk along the Swansea Canal on a lovely Saturday morning in June. Because of these now regular walks and talks we are beginning to get a much more focussed and organised view of exactly what lives and...

Fourth Species of Bat on the Swansea Canal

Thanks to the wonderful sonar detectors that Rhi Bevan bought with her to the Swansea Canal bat walk on Saturday night (31st of May) we can now add the Common Noctule Bat to the list of bats living along the Swansea Canal. We already knew that we have the Common Pipistrelle, the Soprano Pipistelle and...

Spawning Lampreys – a first for the canal

By pure chance we saw this group of what we thought were elvers in the canal at Clydach. It was a lovely sunny day, and they could clearly be seen through the water. We sent the photos to Rhiannon Bevan, Water for Wildlife Officer and she did some research. This was her reply, after she...

St David’s Day Daffs.

    Joanne took this lovely photo of daffodils growing along the canal  and managed to persuade two ducks to pose in the picture as well.

Water for Wildlife on Swansea Canal

    Rhiannon Bevan, the Wildlife for Water Officer is arranging several walks next year along the canal.  These will be:   Saturday May 31st  – Bats & Moths of the Swansea Canal Saturday  June 21st  – Butterflies,Dragonflies and Bees of the Swansea Canal.  Friday July 4th – National Moth Night 2014 – Bats &...