Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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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
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Dormice are small rodents (between 6cm-9cm) of which Britain has one native species, the hazel dormouse. Dormice have golden-brown fur, large black eyes, a long tail and hibernate from October to April. They feed on flowers, fruits and nuts and are therefore often found in hedgerows.
The hazel dormouse (or common dormouse) is one of 29 different species of the rodent, but the only one native to the British Isles. They hibernate for six months of the year, or sometimes even longer if the weather remains cool, to conserve energy at times when food is scarce. Their name comes from dormeus, which means sleepy.
In England and Wales they are mainly found in southern areas, but there are also small populations in mid Wales and the Lake District.
Dormice are becoming increasingly rare in England and Wales as their natural territory of hedgerows and woodland shrinks and dormouse-friendly habitats become isolated from each other. The animals are important indicators of the health and biodiversity of woodland and hedgerows, as they require plenty of insects, flowers, berries and the ability to travel.
We are actively working to maintain and improve the hedgerows alongside canals, including the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, as well as installing dormouse boxes to provide secure nesting places for these animals.
Last date edited: 9 September 2016