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We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
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Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
The Eurasian Badger, or Brock, is one of Britain's largest and best-loved wild animals. These striking black and white creatures are nocturnal and shy of human contact - a rare glimpse of a badger is a sight to remember.
Eurasian badgers live across Europe, through Japan and in some parts of China. In the UK, badgers are most commonly found in the south-west and Wales, with some setts also flourishing in areas of north-east England.
Badgers have made their home in Britain for thousands of years, surviving the extinction of other native species such as cave bear, wild boar and wolves. They are resilient, intelligent and adaptable animals, able to find food in all seasons, stay below ground during cold winters and construct safe homes that can last for hundreds of years.
A badger's sett is an underground maze of tunnels and nesting chambers. Up to 12 members of a family group or clan may occupy one sett, which is often inherited by successive badger generations. Woodland, hedgerows and canal embankments are common locations, with outside cover enabling badgers to emerge - and cubs to play - without being too visible to humans or predators.
Badgers are well-ordered and hygienic creatures. They regularly discard their old bedding and dig their dung-pits up to 10-15 metres away from the sett. This is also a useful method of marking their territory, which they are prepared to defend fiercely from other badgers when necessary.
Unfortunately badgers often find canal embankments, particularly sandy ones, very easy digging and establish setts there. These setts could cause leaks and ultimately a breach in the canal, resulting in the death of the badgers, as well as being very expensive to mend and extremely disruptive to the canal system. As a result we occasionally have to relocate and exclude badgers from our embankments.
Appearance: Short and stocky animals with silvery-grey backs and striking black and white stripes running from nose to shoulders
Lifespan: Maximum 14 years, but wild badgers rarely reach this age
Diet: Mainly earthworms. However, omnivorous badgers eat a wide range of foods, including rodents, insects, seeds, berries and lizards. A badger's diet will reflect its territory, so those living near waterways might often eat frogs
Nature spotters guide
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Last date edited: 12 May 2017