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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.
You’d be lucky to see an otter on the canal - but you can find the signs that prove they are around.
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The otter is in the same family as the weasel, mink and badger, and the largest of them all. It is a fast and skilled swimmer, able to stay underwater for several minutes. It feeds on eels, frogs and waterside birds.
Otters are rarely seen because they come out at night. During the day, they rest in ‘holts’, hidden in dense waterside vegetation. Our otters probably live on the River Severn, but visit the canal to feed.
Under the canal bridge you’ll see lots of dark splodges – this is otter ‘spraint’ or droppings, made up of fish bones and scales. Surprisingly it smells sweet and musky rather than fishy.
Otters leave their spraint under bridges and tunnels so it doesn’t get washed away. They use it to deter other otters from encroaching on their territory.
After disappearing from most counties, otters are now making a comeback throughout Wales and England. It is against the law to disturb or harm them.
Listen carefully – the chirping of a young otter sounds like a bird!
Although our trail stops here, you can walk on. Belan Locks and picnic area is only 1km further. Beyond that is the pretty village of Berriew and further still the thriving town of Newtown.
Last date edited: 17 July 2015