Wildlife Sites in Rushcliffe

Grantham Canal

How to get there:

The whole of the canal within Rushcliffe is of interest as it is mostly all in water to some extent and of course there is no boat traffic. It runs in great meanders from east of Hickling through Cotgrave Country Park and through Gamston to the Trent at West Bridgford. There are multiple places at which it can be accessed but Hickling Basin is perhaps the most attractive. Many sections have sufficient scrub for Sedge Warblers and Reed Buntings to be common. Kingfishers are possible anywhere and the whole length is good or very good for odonata. The following are the principal access points and have parking available. They are depicted on the GoogleMap on the sites homepage.

Hickling Basin NGR SK 691 295
Walks in either direction, given some summer sunshine, will produce odonata with Variable Damselfly present at least to the east of Hickling. The area is also good for Grass Snakes given appropriate fieldcraft and patience.

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Owthorpe NGR SK 678 324

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Cotgrave NGR SK 639 366
This is also a good access point for a stroll into Cotgrave Country Park just half a kilometre to the east.

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Gamston NGR SK 608 367

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Grantham Canal
Grantham Canal near Hickling