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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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 […]
Scottish Canals’ Operations Consultation
All boaters who use the Lowland Canals in Scotland are encouraged to respond to Scottish Canals’ consultation about user operation on the Forth & Clyde and Union canals. The Lowland Canal ...
IWA announces new Chairman
Following a Trustee meeting on Saturday 16th November, Paul Rodgers has been elected as the Association's new National Chairman with immediate effect. Paul succeeds outgoing National Chairman, ...
Final Family Camp success
Despite howling winds and torrential rain, four intrepid families, with seven children between them, braved our final Family Canal Camp of the year over the October half term. The weekend was ...
Coping with flooding on canals & rivers
Winter boat sinkings on canals and rivers are often the result of flooding causing rapidly rising and falling water levels. .. More The post Coping with flooding on canals & rivers appeared first on Canal & Waterway News and Features.
Value of inland waterways report
As part of our work to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of inland waterways, we have launched a new resource to help influence planners and policy makers by proving the value of the ...
First Silver Propeller Challenge finishers
Last week our Silver Propeller Challenge was completed for the first time since its launch last year. The intrepid couple who were the first across the finish line were a husband and wife team, ...
Nature inspires a flood alleviation solution
A Natural Flood Management scheme on the River Leck, designed to work with nature by emulating naturally occurring woody debris, could help protect a north Buckinghamshire community at risk of flooding from a swollen river. Twenty five ‘leaky dams’ are being built in the headwaters of the River Leck, a tributary of the River Great The post Nature inspires a flood […]
Why do canal boats breakdown and sink?
River Canal Rescue in 2019 attended an average of 105 call-outs a week. 18 of these were for major rescues .. More The post Why do canal boats breakdown and sink? appeared first on Canal & Waterway News and Features.