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.

Will you donate to our first ever national bat monitoring scheme - and help us protect them from harm?

Your canals and waterways provide a perfect haven for bats. The slow-moving water makes for plenty of delicious insects to eat.

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Our bats need you

You may have been lucky enough to witness that twilight moment when the bats come out to feed. Soaring and graceful, agile and swift, these amazing creatures fly unseen ­– doing their vital work while we sleep.

Your gift today could help buy a bat box, and help us ensure that one of nature's great spectacles is not lost. These boxes provide bats 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.

Every penny we raise 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.

We need your help to ensure that, in our increasingly fast-paced and crowded world, your canals and rivers remain vital local havens for people and nature.

Need help?

If you would prefer to donate offline or are having difficulties donating, please call our Supporter Care Team on 0303 040 4040 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, calls charged at local rates).