Test strips: The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Words, artwork and soundscape: Rob St John The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in North Wales carries the Llangollen Canal high above the River Dee valley. Designed by Thomas Telford and completed in 1805, the ‘Ponty’ spans over 300 metres across the wooded valley, its arches rising 38 metres through the treetops. The longest aqueduct in Great Britain,…

Grey abandon

Known around the country as ‘Polly washdish’, ‘nanny washtail’ and ‘scullery maid’, the grey wagtail is much more than it seems, says naturalist Conor Jameson

Goosander

Unexpected birds of the waterways

From flycatchers sweeping through canalside woodlands to goldfinches singing from alders that dip their roots in the water – Fergus Collins introduces us to the unexpected birdlife thriving beside our canals and rivers

The reel deal

The reel deal

Do you know your Allcock Aerial from your Homer Flick ‘Em? Historian and vintage fishing tackle dealer John Andrews has your guide to five seminal coarse fishing reels. Plus, find a free Let’s Fish event near you!

IImage of a dragon fly rested on a twig

Water Dragons

With their shimmering hues and elegant flight, dragonflies and damselflies bring a touch of glamour to our waterways this time of year

Floating Gardens

Floating gardens

Islands of aquatic, edible and bee-friendly plants are being installed in canals across the country, providing an oasis of nature and colour in urban areas

Floating havens

Floating gardens

Islands of aquatic, edible and bee-friendly plants are being installed in canals across the country, providing an oasis of nature and colour in urban areas