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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.
Britain's largest reptile is shy by nature and wary of humans.
Regrettably, many casual observers who are lucky enough to glimpse a grass snake are afraid of it, perhaps confusing this harmless reptile with the venomous adder. The grey/green grass snake is a placid, sun-loving creature that enjoys basking on grassy banks on warm summer days.
If frightened, the grass snake will either turn and run or 'play dead', an impressive performance that can involve the snake writhing onto its back and lolling its tongue out of its mouth.
Grass snakes (Natrix natrix) inhabit most of Europe, parts of North Africa and central Asia. They are not seen in Scotland, but dedicated snake-spotters can still find them in damp habitats around most of England and Wales. River banks, ponds and ditches are their preferred habitats, although they will also make a home of hedgerows, meadows and woodland margins.
Grass snakes are equally happy on land and in water, and walkers may spot them basking in the sun on the towpaths, or swimming across the canal.
From October to March, British grass snakes retreat to old rabbit warrens, wall crevices or similar sheltered spots to hibernate through the winter months. They emerge in the spring when they may be seen lurking around any garden ponds which can boast a plentiful supply of frogs and frogspawn. Grass snakes adopt a 'sit and wait' hunting policy. Any prey that comes within striking distance is caught in their large jaws and then swallowed whole. Studies suggest that an adult grass snake can survive for 12 months on less than 10 frogs.
Last date edited: 28 July 2015