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 […]
- PondNet great crested newt eDNA: 2020 Results are in! 22nd October 2020We are glad to announce that we now have the results in for the sixth year of the Defra/Natural England funded PondNet eDNA Great Crested Newt Monitoring Project! With COVID-19 playing havoc with everyone’s lives this year we had a herculean task completing all our surveys in 2020. In just one month, using kits provided […]
- 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 increase biodiversity! 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 […]
- Red diesel consultation response 23rd October 2020We have submitted our response to HM Treasury’s consultation on removing access to red diesel for propulsion on the inland waterways from April 2022. The post Red diesel consultation response appeared first on The Inland Waterways Association.
- Environment Bill response champions waterways heritage, sustainability & restoration 23rd October 2020Our response to the Environment Bill - currently going through the parliamentary bill process - included comments on heritage, air quality, water resources and biodiversity net gain. The post Environment Bill response champions waterways heritage, sustainability & restoration appeared first on The Inland Waterways Association.
- New vision for sustainable boating 9th October 2020To make sure boats on the inland waterways don’t get left behind in the country’s progress to zero CO2 emissions... The post New vision for sustainable boating appeared first on The Inland Waterways Association.
- Cut locking effort with a cut price ratchet Windlass! 6th October 2020Winding lock paddles can be very hard work. A ratchet windlass at an October 40% discount could make boating easier! .. More The post Cut locking effort with a cut price ratchet Windlass! appeared first on Canal & Waterway News and Features.
- Recurrent sluice gate fault leaves boats aground 22nd September 2020A fault on a sluice gate at Twerton recently left dozens of grounded boats along a stretch of the River .. More The post Recurrent sluice gate fault leaves boats aground appeared first on Canal & Waterway News and Features.
- Marinas operator BWML becomes Aquavista 21st September 2020BWML, the UK’s leading residential and leisure mooring provider, has now become 'Aquavista'. The post Marinas operator BWML becomes Aquavista 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.