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Activities | Canal & River Trust | Environment | Waterway Communities | Wildlife

Help create a one mile stretch of water vole friendly habitat on the Kennet & Avon Canal, near Pewsey

The Canal & River Trust is asking the public to help it create a one mile stretch of water vole friendly habitat on the Kennet & Avon Canal, near Pewsey.

Join the Canal & River Trust’s ecologist, Oda Dijksterhuis, on the canal bank near Pewsey next Thursday 9 August. 10.30am – 12noon.

Oda . . . → Read More: Help create a one mile stretch of water vole friendly habitat on the Kennet & Avon Canal, near Pewsey

Canal & River Trust | Environment | Waterway News | Wildlife

Ladders for Voles—Man-made Wildlife Crossings

Ladders for Voles—Plus 5 Man-made Wildlife Crossings

Posted by Linda Poon on May 16, 2013

The old joke asks, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” But in the world of wildlife conservation, the big question is, “How did the animal cross the road?” And the answer is often: With the help . . . → Read More: Ladders for Voles—Man-made Wildlife Crossings

Activities | Angling | Canal & River Trust | Canoeing | Cycling | Environment | Heritage | Maintenance | Stoppages | Waterway Communities | Wildlife

Trent & Mersey Canal breach Appeal

The Canal & River Trust have launched an appeal to raise funds to help repair the breach on the Trent & Mersey canal caused by the extraordinary recent weather.

The 240-year-old Trent & Mersey Canal is a bustling artery of our canal network and key part of the Cheshire Ring providing jobs in the local . . . → Read More: Trent & Mersey Canal breach Appeal

Activities | Environment | Volunteering | Walking | Wildlife

Himalayan Balsam Alert

Himalayan Balsam is an invasive plant (botanical name impatiens glandulifera) which was introduced to Britain in the mid 19th Century by Victorian gardeners. It is the tallest annual plant in the UK, growing to a height of over three metres. Himalayan Balsam is problematic because it crowds out native plants and can take over whole areas of river and canal bank. The seeds, up to 800 per plant, are released explosively from the seed pods and can travel for up to seven metres from the plant. If the seeds land in a stream, river or canal they will be taken downstream where they will start a new colony, which is one of the reasons this plant is so difficult to control. Over the last ten years this plant has become more established on many of our waterways. If you see it growing when you are out and about on the towpath this summer, please pull up the plants (if it is safe for you to do so) and put them on the side of the towpath to die back naturally. If this can be done before the seed pods have developed, we will a few less plants next year. . . . → Read More: Himalayan Balsam Alert

Environment | Flood control | Waterway News

Ownership of reservoir that feeds Birmingham Canal Network changes

The ownership of the reservoir that provides British Waterways with essential water to maintain levels in the Birmingham Canal Network, and beyond has been transferred.

The ownership of Chasewater Country Park and reservoir has transferred to Staffordshire County Council in a strategic move set to secure and strengthen the long-term future of this key regional . . . → Read More: Ownership of reservoir that feeds Birmingham Canal Network changes

Environment | Waterway News | Wildlife

DEFRA Calls off Forest sales

The consultation on the future management of the Public Forest Estate has been halted and all forestry clauses in the Public Bodies Bill will be removed, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman confirmed today.

Mrs Spelman also announced that an independent panel of experts will examine forestry policy in England and report back to her in the . . . → Read More: DEFRA Calls off Forest sales

Canal & River Trust | Environment | Waterway Communities

New path leads to source of Llangollen Canal

Towpath improvements have been completed along the source of Llangollen Canal which is proving a big draw since becoming a world heritage site.

More than £30,000 was set aside for upgrades to the path to access Horseshoe Falls, Llantysilio, which is situated in a valley on the outskirts of Llangollen.

Part of the money has . . . → Read More: New path leads to source of Llangollen Canal

Environment

Fences could help clean up waterways

Building good fences could make our water cleaner, and help us to meet European standards, according to researchers working on the UK research councils’ Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (Relu).

Relu scientists have created a computer model to investigate the problem of fecal pollution in UK rivers. The organisms come mainly from farm animals’ . . . → Read More: Fences could help clean up waterways

Environment | Maintenance | Waterway Communities | Waterway News

icCheshireOnline - New horse friendly bridge installed at Dutton Locks

07:38, Aug 27 2010

BRITISH Waterways is to improve access to the Weaver Valley for communities and visitors with a new horse friendly bridge across the river at Dutton Locks.

The public right of way on both sides of the bridge is well-used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders, forming part of the Sustrans sustainable . . . → Read More: New horse friendly bridge installed at Dutton Locks

Environment | Maintenance | Waterway Communities | Waterway News

Farmers call for action over Leeds-Liverpool Canal leaks

9:40am Saturday 28th August 2010

Craven farmers have slammed British Waterways for failing to repair leaks in the canal and endangering the livelihoods of businesses.

Tim Pilling, of Wilkinson’s Farm, East Marton, said he and a group of farming friends had voiced their anger to the waterways company, which closed a 64-mile stretch of the . . . → Read More: Farmers call for action over Leeds-Liverpool Canal leaks