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A crocodile shock for canal experts

Tue 15 Nov 2005

SEALS, dolphins and even a small crocodile have been discovered during a survey of the UK's waterways.

The British Waterways study was compiled with the help of hundreds of visitors to its canal and river network.

Mallards, swans, moorhens, herons and coots were identified as the most common species. But a number of extraordinary birds and animals, such as porpoises and ospreys, were seen.

More than 3700 sightings were recorded of 60 different species, including some of the UK's rarest wildlife, such as water voles, otters and kingfishers.

The information will be incorporated into the national species database, which records biodiversity on the inland waterways and will help British Waterways protect the rich array of wildlife .

Jonathan Brickland, British Waterways' national ecologist, said: "Some amazing wildlife has been spotted on our waterways."