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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
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Find a walk near you
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Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
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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
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.
Bugs, beasties and other critters are set to benefit from a posh new winter holiday home after a project to build a ‘bug hotel’ started this week at Saddington Reservoir in Leicestershire.
The bug hotel will be made from dead tree branches and scrub material with grant funding from Natural England, to create a shelter for insects living at the reservoir.
Canal & River Trust ecologist, Penny Foster, explains: ‘Saddington Reservoir is a perfect breeding ground for small insects, with the yearly cycle of emptying and re-filling the reservoir with water creating ideal living and feeding conditions.
"In the winter, when the water level is higher the insects need to find homes elsewhere and this new bug hotel will provide brilliant shelter from the cold weather. A healthy insect population is essential for the health of the wider wildlife population, playing a crucial role in everything from pollination of wildflowers to food for birds and rodents. We hope these works will lead to a bumper wildlife year for visitors to the reservoir to enjoy in 2014.”
Built in 1802 Saddington Reservoir was purpose built to supply water to the Grand Union Canal. The reservoir is a designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is home to a number of animal and insect species and is great place to enjoy a spot of fishing, walking or bird watching. The habitat improvements are supported by a five-year, £35,000 grant from Natural England to support biodiversity at the site.
Penny adds: “Anyone with a small patch of garden can build a bug hotel and help insects thrive through the winter months, and it’s a great way to get young children excited about nature. Just find a quiet spot, build up layers of dead wood, rocks and leaves, ensuring you create lots of interesting spaces, nooks and crannies for mini beasts to hide in and, hey presto, you have created your very own bug apartment.”
Emergency appeal launched following breach on the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal
23 March 2018
Try canal boating at Drifters national open day
22 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
'Plasberg' eyesore removed from River Aire
Local people sought to help care for the Grantham Canal
20 March 2018
Canal & River Trust brand
19 March 2018
Bookings now open for 2018 Canal Pairs Championship
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018