Upper Wye and Usk - what you might see on your journey downriver

The Wye and Usk are host to variety of wildlife. Some of the flora and fauna are extremely rare, which is why both rivers are afforded the highest level of protection under national and European law. For much of their length they are designated Special Areas of Conservation under the EU Habitats Directive and as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

Paddling quietly in small groups is the best way to enjoy the river and its wildlife. Animals and fish species can be quite unflustered by one or two canoes drifting quietly downstream. Travel in larger groups or make a noise and the river will seem barren. Banging a paddle on the side of your canoe will also drastically reduce your chances of seeing anything – sound travels much better in water than through the air.

Providing you approach quietly, these are some of the creatures you might see on your journey. Please click on each image to find out more ...