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

Plastic underwater

Under the surface

Our Plastics Challenge is asking everyone who visits our waterways to pick up just one piece of litter to help clear them within a year. But while you’re busy binning what you find above the water, we’ve still got a job to do underneath…