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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
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest 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're asking visitors to the waterways to keep an eye out for amorous bats, as the mammal’s mating season provides the last chance to spot them before they hunker down for winter.
We're making the appeal as part of this year’s Great Nature Watch, the national wildlife survey that closes at the end of the month.
Unlike most mammals, bats mate in the autumn before hibernating throughout winter, with the females delaying fertilisation until they’re ready to rear their young in the spring. While there are 18 species of bat living in the UK, habitat loss has been a major factor in the recent national decline of these fascinating mammals, which rely on finding secure cave-like places to roost in.
Laura Mullholland, ecologist at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Bats are unusual as their mating season is a bit out of sync with all other mammals in the UK, who tend to get frisky in the spring and have their young shortly after. As well as looking for a mate, they’ll also be scouting out the best spots to hibernate in over the winter, which makes this the last chance to really see them before they start to lie low.
“Canals are popular spots for bats - all species of bat we have in the UK feed solely on insects, so the waterways act as their ‘all you can eat’ buffet, as well as a highway connecting them to the wider landscape. Spotting where they’re heading at this time of year is really important, because it’ll also give us an idea of where they’re going to settle down. The more records we have of where they are, the easier it is to make sure they’re not disturbed during the winter.”
Sightings of bats can be reported using the Great Nature Watch app, downloadable from the App Store and Google Play Store. Alternatively visit https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/great-nature-watch.
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