Waterways of Britain
Rivers, Canals & Streams
Peaceful, beautiful and full of life - Britains waterways are a wonderful place to visit or live. Amongst some of Britains most beautiful and tranquil hidden countryside flow rivers and canals that are guaranteed to take you away from it all.
Rivers and streams or burns and brooks, whatever you call them our waterways are packed with wildlife. Waterways and their basins are vital places to UK wildlife. From the more common mallard ducks, coots and moorhens and majestic swans to the stunning kingfisher and the rarely seen otters. Butterflies, damsel-flies and dragonflies dot the towpaths and river banks. The water itself provides the perfect environment for fish, animals and plants, such as our native Crayfish.
The UK's canals remind us of our rich industrial heritage. And now are a place where we can experience or live a more leisurely pace of life. If you're not on board a colourful narrowboat there is plenty of scope for activity on the canals as well as wildlife spotting. The generally flat and well kept towpaths are perfect for a walk or invigorating cycle ride.
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Latest Waterways News
Corinavirus impact on UK Canals, boaters & towpaths
Essential boat travel only, moor 14 days plus, some closed C. R. T. locks, bridges, tunnels, towpath restrictions, no fishing. .. More The post Corinavirus impact on UK Canals, boaters & towpaths appeared first on Canal & Waterway News and Features.
Capsized narrowboat raised from River Soar
River Canal Rescue have raised a capsized narrowboat at Barrow, on the River Soar, on the 25th March. Torrential rain .. More The post Capsized narrowboat raised from River Soar appeared first on Canal & Waterway News and Features.
IWA Canalway Cavalcade cancelled
Following increased concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus and careful consideration of the safety of everyone involved in planning, organising and attending IWA Canalway Cavalcade ...
New Chair appointed by the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways
The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways, which held its inaugural meeting for the new Parliament on Tuesday 25th February, has appointed Michael Fabricant MP as its new Chair. At the ...
#SpawnSurvey 2020… get involved now!
It’s that time of year again….spring is almost upon us and our beloved frogs and toads are beginning to stir! Help us collect data on the whereabouts of these special creatures by taking part in our PondNet Spawn Survey 2020! From February until May we will be running our survey to collect important data on The post #SpawnSurvey 2020… get involved now! […]
Protecting the waterways from HS2
Following the Government's announcement that the High Speed Rail project HS2 will now go ahead, we will continue our decade-long campaign to protect the waterways from the worst effects of its ...
MPs briefed on waterways
More than 65% of constituencies in England, Scotland and Wales are home to a navigable waterway or restoration project and around 25% of them elected a new MP in the most recent general election. ...
IWA Chief Executive Announces Retirement
IWA’s Chief Executive, Neil Edwards, has announced his retirement following a career spanning more than 24 years with the Association. Credited with the creation of Canal Camps, Waterway ...
Clean air strategy: response
We have responded to the Department for Transport's call for evidence on air pollutant emissions from domestic vessels and inland waterways. Our response includes our updated environmental ...
New waterway campaigning resource
A new resource is available to waterway campaigners engaging with MPs across all waterways in England, Scotland and Wales.Our new IWA Directory of Parliamentary Constituencies with Waterways ...
Jeremy’s Christmas Message 2019
In 2019 we’ve worked with partners all over the country to protect freshwater wildlife. All of our work aims to protect the best freshwater habitats – many of which are still declining in quality – and return clean water to the countryside, tackling head-on the freshwater biodiversity crisis. We’re especially concerned about small waters – The […]
EPCN Conference, London 18-22 May 2020
The 9th European Pond Conservation Network (EPCN) conference will be held over 18-22rd May 2020 at University College London (UCL), London, UK. Responding to the considerable need to conserve European ponds, the conference will combine pond biology, hydrology and landscape ecology with pond conservation practice and welcomes both scientists and conservation practitioners to […]