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Super canal would be Britain’s biggest fishery

December 2013

A new super canal would be Britain’s biggest fishery… if we managed it correctly and encouraged newcomers to use it.

A new super canal stretching from Scotland to London could become Britain’s biggest fishery.

The project has been tabled by engineering consultants Aecom and its main purpose would be to transport water between . . . → Read More: Super canal would be Britain’s biggest fishery

Activities | Angling | Canal & River Trust | Canoeing | Cycling | Liveaboards | Mooring Strategies | Politics | Walking | Waterway Communities | Waterway Issue | Waterway News | Waterway Politics | Wildlife

CRT's Richard Parry outlines Plans for more effective engagement with Users

8th November 2013

After a busy summer visiting waterway festivals, attending user group meetings, speaking at stakeholder gatherings and simply listening to anyone who had a view, Richard Parry, the CEO of Canal & River Trust has come to the conclusion that “All our many users, especially boaters, are vital to the . . . → Read More: CRT’s Richard Parry outlines Plans for more effective engagement with Users

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

Canal & River Trust | Waterway Communities | Wildlife

Canal and River Trust to help otters in West Midlands

In the late 1970s, according to the Environment Agency, the otter population was in “severe decline” in the UK

A project to increase the numbers of otters living in canals has been launched by the Canal and River Trust.

The charity said it aimed to boost the number of a species “which was once hunted . . . → Read More: Canal and River Trust to help otters in West Midlands

Angling | Canal & River Trust | Waterway Communities | Waterway News | Wildlife

Canal Charity rescues fish at historic Bath lock flight

Hundreds of fish will be rescued from the Kennet & Avon Canal this Thursday (21 February), as the charity that looks after the canal carries out vital restoration and repairs to lock gates in Bath.

The Canal & River Trust is completing work on locks 7-13 on Bath Flight, which includes . . . → Read More: Canal Charity rescues fish at historic Bath lock flight

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

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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

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Fish to be relocated from Kennet and Avon canal

More than half a tonne of fish is being removed from a section of the Kennet and Avon Canal as part of a "habitat enhancement project".

British Waterways want to improve the environment at the Caen Hill Flight of Locks near Devizes for scarce aquatic plants and invertebrates.

Large fish are being removed from the . . . → Read More: Fish to be relocated from Kennet and Avon canal

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