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.
Latest Waterways News
- North East and Yorkshire Freshwater group – INNS meeting 18th January 2017On 15th December the North East and Yorkshire Freshwater group organised its second annual meeting which focused on the topic of invasive non-native species. The event featured talks from a variety of organisations across the region as well as an opportunity for open discussion and knowledge exchange with regards to the work carried out onRead […]
- The beauty of (snowflakes) microscopic algae 23rd December 2016Ah, the snowflake: symbol of short winter days, crisp frosty mornings, Carol singing under the stars and the Christmas season… However, this is not a snowflake: Hilda Canter-Lund, Bicosoeca, 1995, Freshwater Biological Association, http://www.environmentdata.org/archive/fbaia:3216 It is a photograph of the mass development of the flagellate protozoan Bicosoeca on Asterionella. Astrionella is a genus ofRead […]
- A Classification of Coleoptera in 3D 28th September 2016The Freshwater Biological Association has a long history of publishing identification keys. Its first Scientific Publication, A Key to the British Species of Corixidae (Hemiptera-Heteroptera) with Notes on their Distribution, was published in 1939 by FBA entomologist Thomas T. Macan (1910-1985). Macan worked at the FBA throughout his distinguished career from 1935 to 1976, focusingRead […]
- Policy guidance on benefits of clean water ponds 15th June 2020In April 2020 we published the results of new research on the unprecedented benefits for freshwater biodiversity of creating clean water ponds. The work is part of the Water Friendly Farming project which is a decade long collaborative project undertaken jointly with the Allerton Project of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Environment Agency […]
- Dig ponds to save UK’s rare wetland plants 3rd June 2020Digging clean water ponds in the countryside can deliver “unprecedented” gains for freshwater biodiversity, with new study showing they significantly boost wetland plant diversity and numbers of rare species. New research shows that creating clean-water ponds in the farmed countryside can dramatically increase levels of freshwater biodiversity, protecting our fragile ecosystems, and almost trebling the […]
- Boris Johnson ‘should prioritise a green recovery’ 11th May 2020Along with dozens of environmental and business organisations, Freshwater Habitats Trust is calling on the Prime Minister to prioritise a green recovery as ‘the new normal’. We are urging the government to put nature and climate at the heart of decisions for the recovery effort, for healthy communities and a resilient economy, in an open […]
- Meet IWA's New Chief Executive 15th July 2020Sarah O'Grady joins IWA this week to take on the role of chief executive when Neil Edwards, in the role for over twenty years, steps down.Sarah O’Grady is an experienced leader, providing ...
- IWA Responds to High Speed North Consultation 28th June 2020IWA has responded to a Call for Evidence by the National Infrastructure Commission for a Rail Needs Assessment for the Midlands and the North. This consultation is part of a review of HS2 ordered ...
- Waterways debated in Parliament 4th June 2020Waterways were given a good airing in the House of Commons when Craig Williams, the MP for Montgomeryshire, secured an adjournment debate on the subject of waterway restoration which took place on ...
- Canal coronavirus lockdown relaxing 20th May 2020From May 13th private boaters can take 'short' canal trips on their boats but may not stay overnight on their boat. The post Canal coronavirus lockdown relaxing appeared first on Canal & Waterway News and Features.
- Corinavirus impact on UK Canals, boaters & towpaths 28th March 2020Essential 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 26th March 2020River 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.
- Water worries scupper fracking folly? 13th September 2013There's growing anxiety in the UK about fracking (hydraulic fracturing of the ground to recover shale or natural gas) and the effect it could have on groundwater. Is there an issue? We can look to the States, where the debate is already far advanced. A study published in PNAS in July 2011 found a correlation […]
- Forthcoming events for March 2013 3rd March 2013Here's our usual monthly roundup. Don't miss the International Day of Action for Rivers (14th March), World Water Day (22nd March), and a huge national beach-cleaning marathon organized by Surfers Against Sewage for the weekend 22-24th March. Those are just three of over 30 river-, pond-, and water-related events listed this month on our website.
- Historic Hayle sluice gates go on show 28th February 2013Luckily recovered sluice gates dating from 1834 are to go on show in Cornwall.