The canal is home to a wide range of bird species. Waterfowl are found along most stretches - as well as Moorhens, Mute Swans and Mallards being a common sight too. Late summer / early spring also sees Kingfishers along the canal banks.
Other birds that are regularly seen around our landscape include; Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler.
Some less frequent birds include; Water Rail, Little Grebe and Snipe.
Butterflies and dragonflies are often spotted during spring and summer. The section of canal between Sampford Peverell and Westleigh is a particular favourite for the dragonflies, including the Scarce Chaser. An information panel telling walkers about these interesting insects is located near Ebear Bridge.