North Walsham & Dilham Canal Trust

 Environment, Flora & Fauna


Bright Elusive butterfuly we love fluttering to a new canal home?


FISHING on the North Walsham and Dilham Canal

Accessible fishing is allowed from Ebridge Lock upstream by the kind permission of the canal owner, Laurie Ashton.  The close season applies, 15th March to 15th June inclusive, (see E.A. Anglia Region Bylaws).

There have been confirmed reports of quality Rudd, Roach and Pike caught from this stretch of the canal.

It is requested that all litter be removed and fishing line not discarded due the wildlife now inhabiting the area.


Any questions, please contact us via  email address



You may have heard recently that The Environment Agency and Wildlife Trusts are very concerned about the decline in water vole numbers. Alistair Driver of The Environment Agency has pointed out that water voles are part of our waterway systems, part of the food chain and of the ecosystem.  The EA are working to create more vole-friendly waterways and of course for several reasons canals are ideal habitats for these delightful creatures.

The two elements to successful vole conservation are mink control and habitat management.

The Trust is aware of correct habitat management and, together with the canal owners, endeavour to follow all the guidelines when re-profiling the banks of our canal.

Should mink become a problem for us on our canal volunteers would be able to use mink rafts, which record the presence of species from footprints left on a clay pad.  They can then be removed from the area.

As Alistair Driver said 'people love walking along a canal and hearing the plop of a water vole into the canal'.  As you know, Ebridge has already become a wonderful place for nature-lovers, bird watchers and family picnics beside the clear waters of our canal.  Dog walkers can assist our voles too because when dogs jump into the water to retrieve sticks and balls they create a lot of water turbulence which water voles do not mind - but mink hate the disturbance!

This surely must be another very good reason for us to continue working towards restoring our unique and historic canal!                      Item by M. Black



Page updated:  8/6/17


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North Walsham & Dilham Canal Trust

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