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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
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Find a place to fish
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
This section of the canal is a tranquil haven - until the quarrelsome coots start disturbing the peace!
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More boats on the canal could have an adverse impact on wildlife. So part of the restoration project involved creating a series of mini nature reserves. Whitehouse Nature Reserve was formed when the canal was re-routed in 1995, has become a haven for many species.
In summer, yellow water lilies light up the water. These plants grow from large tubers in the canal bed. They have cabbage-like leaves, some floating on the surface as ‘lily pads’.
These black water birds look similar, but coots have a white forehead and the moorhen’s is red. They are very different in character. Moorhens are timid, whereas coots are aggressive and often involved in noisy, splashing fights.
On one side of the canal are the beautiful Briedden Hills; on the other is Powys Castle. Oaks from the parkland at Powys were once cut for timber, and transported along the canal.
The hedges and verges along the towpath, free from chemical treatments, provide a habitat for many birds and insects. In summer, look for butterflies such as the gatekeeper, green-veined white and tortoiseshell.
Both the moorhen and coot have similar harsh calls. Listen to the difference.
Take the path that leads back round the other side of the nature reserve. The next stop is by Whitehouse Bridge.
Last date edited: 17 July 2015