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Nothing demonstrates the diversity of canal habitats like butterflies. There are only 59 different species of butterfly and at least 10 of those can be found on this stretch of the Leeds and Liverpool canal.

This slide show uses only pictures taken here. The captions indicate the habitats preferred by each species.

You can find an excellent identification tool on Steven Cheshire’s website “British Butterflies”


You can find many dragonflies on this section of the canal, especially around Rimrose Valley park. Common darters, Broad body chasers and Damselflies are here in abundance.

Although the damselflies pictured here are easily distinguished from the common darters, only the folding wings distinguishes one species from the other.

Dragonflies live in the grass beside the canal. Learn more about dragonflies here.

Some Stinging Insects

Bees, wasps and hornets can all sting. We put up with this from bees, because they produce honey, but what about the other insects?

Well, bees produce honey from nectar, a sugary liquid they drink from deep within flowers. Wasps and Hornets drink nectar too.  

While they’re drinking, their bodies rub against the stamens of the flowers, and collect pollen.  When they fly to the next flower, the pollen rubs off onto the stigma of that plant.

This is how flowers reproduce. The pollinated flower then transforms into a seed or berry.

So the bees, wasps and hornets all do a really useful job because, without them, there would be no flowers, fruit, berries or nuts!