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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.
Killer shrimp and Damon shrimp are two freshwater shrimp species (Dikerogammarus villosus and Dikerogammarus haemobaphes). Individually they are highly invasive, but we now have both in the UK, which is worrying for our freshwater habitats.
Native to the area around the Black Sea, both shrimp species have spread over western Europe in the last 20 years, most probably through commercial shipping. Killer shrimp were first discovered in the UK in 2010, while demon shrimp were first found in 2012.
More is known about killer shrimp, which live for about one year and are fast breeders, with the females able to produce three broods, each with an average of 150 eggs per brood. Killer shrimp can tolerate a range of environmental conditions, but they prefer to colonise waters with moderate to slow flow speeds, instead using faster-moving water to drift to new locations.
Killer shrimp are considered to be one of the most damaging invasive species in Europe, with the potential to significantly affect the ecology of our waterways. The shrimp preys on a range of native animals, fish eggs and even young fish. It often kills its prey and leaves it uneaten. This alters the ecology of habitats it invades, and could cause extinctions.
Both shrimp species and their eggs can easily be transported around in damp clothing and equipment as they can survive for a surprisingly long while out of water. Please follow Check, Clean, Dry procedures when you are out and about.
Last date edited: 15 March 2018