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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.
Water voles, warblers, buntings and beetles ... most canal creatures find safe haven in the reeds at the water’s edge.
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Look for the low wooden fencing within the canal, created as safe havens for wildlife. These mini nature reserves will become more important as boat numbers increase on the canal.
Water vole numbers have plummeted in the UK, mainly through loss of unpolluted streams, and being hunted by mink. We have them on the canal, living on the far bank.
Many birds live and nest amongst the reeds, including the moorhen, coot, sedge warbler and reed bunting. Most are secretive, so listen for their song. But the reed bunting perches high up and chirrups at the top of its voice.
With luck you might see a kingfisher waiting to dive for a small fish. Or you’ll see a flash of electric blue and hear its ‘peep-peep’ call.
In summer, watch for the superb flying displays of dragonflies and the smaller damselflies – 13 species breed in the canal. They start life as nymphs living amidst the reeds (more about these little nasties later!).
Other creatures that shelter in the reed beds include water snails, freshwater mussels, water beetles and young fish.
The reed bunting blasts out its song from the top of reeds.
A loud ‘plop’ gives away the water vole – can you hear any?
The next stop point is beside the large black box on the towpath.
Last date edited: 17 July 2015