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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
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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.
Abseilers gave an aqueduct on the Kennet & Avon Canal a facelift this week, clearing off vegetation and checking the 200-year old structure for evidence of bats.
Working with the Trust, the high flying team removed ivy, moss, weeds and young saplings from Semington Aqueduct, while at the same time exploring any cracks or holes in the masonry for signs of the elusive mammals.
Carrying the canal over Semington Brook, the aqueduct is one of four John Rennie designed aqueducts on the Kennet & Avon Canal, the most famous being at Dundas, where the waterway is carried over the River Avon. All over two centuries old, they can easily be damaged by vegetation growing on their façades, while nooks and crannies can be used by bats as handy roosts. Where this happens, any work done to repair the structures needs to be adapted to protect the animals.
Laura Mullholland, ecologist at the Trust, explains: "A lot of work goes into protecting the fantastic bridges, locks, tunnels and aqueducts on the Kennet & Avon Canal, and this kind of thing is especially necessary when we’re looking after things that are centuries old. We love the canal to be green, but when things start growing in the wrong places they can do a lot of damage, so we have to make sure we get up there and clear off anything that might be troublesome.
"It’s also the perfect opportunity to check if any bats are using holes or crevices in the aqueduct as roosts or shelters. We’re lucky to have a thriving bat population on the Kennet & Avon Canal, and while we didn’t find traces of any this time, we do need to keep an eye on where they are in case we need to make any changes to our plans to protect them."
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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