We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Give a bat a home

Over the last century, many traditional roosting sites – on the edges of our canals and rivers and in nearby woodland – have been destroyed. At the same time, a huge increase in the use of pesticides means that bats don’t have enough to eat or safe places to sleep.

A huge thank you to all those that took the time to donate to our first ever national bat monitoring scheme – we originally targeted £25,000, but are very proud to have raised £42,531.79, enabling us to install roosts and bat sites across even more of our canal and river network!

Small bat fact .

Your gifts will help us to buy bat boxes and equipment to ensure that one of nature's great spectacles is not lost. We’ll provide bats with a safe place to hibernate and have their pups. Local bat and birdwatching groups, and our very own Canal & River Trust volunteers, will be trained to monitor and install the bat boxes.

Sites will be set up between July and September in the following locations:

Northwich, CW8 2BB
Burton-on-Trent, DE13 7DN
Weston Turville, HP22 5PS
Saddington, LE8 0QH
Langley Pl, LS13 1AB
Uppermill, OL3 6HS
Rochdale, OL11 2PX
Marple Bridge, SK6 5LD
Brindley Ford, ST8 7QY
Rudyard, ST13 8RN
Stafford, ST19 9LX
Welshpool, SY21 9LH
Whaley Bridge, SK23 7PA and SK23 7AQ

Thanks again – every penny we raised from this appeal will go directly towards building bat roosts across our waterway network, in addition to training volunteer groups to monitor the results of the project.

Further updates on our Bat Appeal will be available in Autumn 2017.