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Prees Branch Canal

An abandoned branch of Llangollen Canal now full of wildlife


This stretch of canal was built in the early 1800s, a branch of the Llangollen Canal which was abandoned even before it was completed due to lack of finance. It is valued today as a marvellously long pond, a quiet backwater for all kinds of water creatures and birds such as mallard, moorhen, swans and kingfishers.

Lurking in the depths of the canal are some very rare pondweeds which have earned it protection as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Yellow water lilies can be seen in summer; otters occasionally, all year round.

The towpath takes you up to the Shropshire Union Canal, just under 2 miles away.

 

Directions
Join the towpath either at Waterloo or Dobson’s Bridge, north-west of Wem.
 

Species and habitats

Habitats
Wetland

Nearby nature reserves

Wem Moss
2 miles - Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Ruewood
3 miles - Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Wood Lane
5 miles - Shropshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
5km north-west of Wem
Wem
Shropshire
SY13 2PY
Map reference
SJ 497 336
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Get directions
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
1.98 hectares
Access
Yes

A towpath leads to the canel, contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Parking
yes
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01743 284280
enquiries@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk

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