Making life better by water
Find out how our expert teams work together to make life better by water
Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
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
Summer safety by the water
As the weather is warming up we want everyone to enjoy our canals in the safest possible way
As the weather is warming up we want everyone to be able to enjoy our canals and rivers in the safest possible way
Stoppages and notices
We're continually carrying out work to improve our canals and rivers. Find out if we're working along your route before you set off on a boat trip
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
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
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.
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
Eels (Anguilla Anguilla) are born in the Sargasso Sea and it takes them around three years to reach UK waters. They can live to be 100 years old. Read more about this fascinating species.
Amanda Morgan is one of our volunteer co-ordinators who works with our heritage, environment, engineering and hydrology teams. She's been keeping busy helping eels out on the River Lea lately and she's been kind enough to tell us all about it.
Am I the only person who having returned from holiday each year, vows never again to take more than the occasional day away from the desk? There’s that awful pit of the stomach feeling when you first log on to see hundreds – in my case 788 – unopened emails. You scroll frantically for the things you just didn’t have time to polish off before you departed, hoping against hope that they have not come back to bite you in the derriere.
Did you know that the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) is classified as ‘Critically Endangered’ by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species? Also research by ZSL (Zoological Society London) has shown that the ‘recruitment’ (or return) of elvers has declined by up to 95% over the last 25-30 years in some tributaries of the Thames.
Last Updated: 21 March 2017
The European Sturgeon is an IUCN Red List Species – critically endangered. This is the same category as Eels, which makes them more endangered than the Black Rhino.
Religious leaders have not particularly featured prominently in fisheries team blogs to date, not unless you count the pope more commonly known as the daddy ruffe in the Midlands and North. Until I came across the life story of Father Oliver Kennedy, I had never expected to be writing a tribute to an Irish Catholic priest.
Last Updated: 10 November 2017