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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.
The sterlet (Acipenser rutheneus) is the commonest sturgeon, spending all its life in freshwater. They are extremely interesting family of primitive fish and are quite distinct from all the other living bony fish.
Appearance: They are relatively small in size compared to their Beluga cousin that can reach 1220kg in weight and 4.24m in length. The body is elongated with no scales but has a characteristic row of bony plates that runs along the sides of the body. They are usually a sandy brown to dark olive in colouration. The tail is upturned and asymmetric in shape and the head is long and pointed with an upturned snout and four sensitive barbels.
Typical weight: 6lb
Lateral Line: 55-70 bony plates which run along the sides of the body.
Lifespan: Up to 100 years
A non-native to the UK and popular with aquarists and pond fish-keepers. Possible introductions to the wild have come about from well-intentioned aquarists and pond-keepers where fish have grown too large for their tank or pond.
Last date edited: 26 November 2015