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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.
Barn owls are one of Britain's most reclusive, yet treasured birds. The best time to spot a barn owl is at dusk, when you may catch sight of one hunting for prey along our riverbanks and canal towpaths.
Barn owl numbers fell dramatically in the last 30 years, but appear to have stabilised recently. Barn owls are faced with a number of threats including the cutting down of trees, the destruction of natural grasslands and barn conversions – so they need all the help they can get.
We work with organisations such as the Wildlife Conservation Partnership to help this threatened and protected bird, by installing nesting boxes and managing habitats. In times of little food, parent barn owls will only feed the biggest chick and let the smaller ones die. Because of this, 75% of chicks die within the first year of life.
Barn owl survival depends on their ability to secure food, so appropriate management of the habitat close to nesting boxes is important. Owls love voles – so we make changes to our vegetation management to reduce the number of cuts to grassland areas in order to provide a better habitat for the voles, which in turn aids the owl population. Generally the ground vegetation along river and canal corridors provides a perfect habitat for barn owls, acting as prime feeding areas.
Appearance: Instantly recognisable, the barn owl has a white heart-shaped face, underparts and legs. Its back, wings and head are a golden brown with black and grey mottling.
Size: 30-40cm, with an 85-95cm wingspan
Weight: 290- 460g
Lifespan: Up to 10 years, rarely more than 2.
Diet: Rodents, small mammals, frogs, birds and insects
Nature spotters guide
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Last date edited: 12 May 2017