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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
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.
These miniature dinosaurs are in danger of becoming a rare sight in Britain.
Three types of newt make their home along our ponds, lakes and canals, but increasing urbanisation and loss of habitat have reduced the areas available for these ancient amphibians to live in and breed. This has impacted upon populations across Europe.
Great Crested Newts are the largest, and rarest newts found in Britain. The palmate and smooth newt are comparatively common, with evidence suggesting their presence along all of our waterways. However, nocturnal newts remain in hiding under stones or logs during the day and are not often sighted.
Newts have a similar life cycle to frogs and toads, hibernating through the winter months and returning to breeding ponds in the spring.
Like other amphibians, they are terrestrial for parts of the year and use the waterways mainly during the breeding season. A healthy population of 250 great crested newts would need at least one hectare of terrestrial habitat, as well as a suitable still-standing breeding pond, to survive for any length of time.
Great crested newt - dark, warty skin speckled with white spots. Undersides are yellow or orange. Males have a high, jagged crest running along their backs (especially pronounced during the breeding season).
Smooth newt - pale brown or olive green with spotted throats.
Palmate newt - olive green or light brown skin with orange bellies and spot-free throats
Great crested - maximum 17cm,
Smooth - 7-11cm,
Palmate - 9-10cm
Great crested - maximum 27 years,
Smooth - maximum 20 years,
Palmate - maximum 10 years
Diet: carnivorous newts will eat anything they can catch from worms and water snails to other invertebrates and insects
Last date edited: 7 August 2015