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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
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
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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.
We're making sure that none of these infamous burrowers are getting too close to our waterways' supporting walls.
Ecologists will be monitoring recorded setts close to our waterways and checking out new ones.
Often found near the country’s canals, badgers live in large family groups, and make their homes in underground setts comprised of networked tunnels and entrances. Prolific diggers, these can extend over large areas, and include several ‘chambers’ for the animals to nest in.
Laura Mullholland, ecologist at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Badgers are really fantastic animals, but having them near canals presents a bit of a challenge as when it comes to digging they don’t always know when to stop. In the past, we have had cases where they’ve dug right through embankments, so this process – to monitor setts and make sure they’re not getting too close – is really important.
“What we’re looking for is any change in the appearance of the sett, or any signs that it’s getting bigger. We’re also looking into new reports of where badgers might be setting up shop. Having them here isn’t a problem in itself, and we’d always rather leave them be as then we can keep an eye on them. It’s only when they’re very close to getting wet we’d look to strengthen the bank. We’ve still got more to check up on, but luckily none of the setts here look like they’re too much of a concern.”
What can you spot?
Why not take a trip to your nearest waterway and see how many different creatures you can spot?
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends