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Friday 3 September

Today's news from the web

  • De-oiled swans returned to the Nene at Peterborough after oil spill rescue peterboroughtoday.co.uk

    A FLOCK of gleaming swans splashed noisily back into the waters of the River Nene on Wednesday (1st Sept) – a week after being rescued from an oil spill. The 27 swans had been coated in motor oil which had leaked into the Peterborough waterway through a drainage culvert following torrential rain....

  • BW welcomes study to halt spread of invasive crayfish waterscape.com

    Increasing, yet still rare, sightings of Red Swamp Crayfish, particularly on the Regent’s Canal in central London are causing ecologists concern because of the possibility of the species spreading across the country through the canals, decimating further the native White Clawed Crayfish population, says British Waterways ecologist Leela O'Dea. Native crayfish populations have already been severely affected by the spread of American Signal crayfish – another American invasive species....


Thursday 2 September

Today's news from the web

  • First boat in eight decades for Droitwich Barge Canal waterscape.com

    The first canal boat to travel along the Barge Canal in around eighty years is due to enter the Barge Canal at River Lock, Hawford on 6 September. However, this is ahead of the canal being fully open to navigation, as due to low rainfall insufficient water is available to be abstracted from the River Salwarpe at present. Once water levels rise the navigation will be open. A fully restored Barge Canal means the vision of a 21-mile continuous cruising ring around the scenic heartland of Worcestershire is close to reality, with just the short link of the Junction Canal scheduled to open in 2011....

  • Bath celebrates 200th anniversary of Kennet & Avon Canal thisisbath.co.uk

    Scores of families packed up picnics and joined the fun and games when a milestone for Bath's industrial heritage provided cause for celebration. Visitors packed into Sydney Gardens for the Holburne Museum Picnic in the Park on Sunday, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the completion of the Kennet and Avon Canal....

  • BW workboats available for online auction waterscape.com

    British Waterways is auctioning over 40 redundant workboats in an online sale. The auction, which finishes on 29 September 2010, includes workboats, hoppers, a selection of British Waterways' historic craft, boat engines and more. ...

  • Mayors battle it out in Ripon Raft Race ripongazette.co.uk

    Ripon canal basin played host to 18 teams battling for glory at the fifth annual Great Ripon Raft Race at the weekend. One highlight at the event – organised by the Scuba Diving for All charity – was a race between Ripon's Mayor, David Elsy, and three visiting Mayors in swan pedalos. ...


Wednesday 1 September

Today's news from the web

  • Woman who rescued man from ‘bitterly cold’ Leeds-Liverpool Canal to receive bravery award thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    A woman who bravely went into a “bitterly cold” canal to save a man from drowning is to receive a national award. Carla Richardson, 39, of Riddlesden, near Keighley, is to be presented with a Royal Humane Society Testimonial on Parchment for carrying out the rescue in the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. The drama unfolded last October when she heard a splash and looked out of her living room window to see the man lying face down in the canal near her home....

  • Duchess of Cornwall to name boat on Wilts and Berks Canal thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    The Duchess of Cornwall will return to the Wilts and Berks Canal on Wednesday, September 8, to help celebrate its 200th anniversary. Camilla, who is a patron of the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust, will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the opening of the canal by naming, and travelling on, the canal’s first purpose-built boat trip for visitors. She will also be digging the first sod to create the new Melksham Link at Hilperton Marina....

  • East Lancashire canal leaks are ‘hitting farmers’ burnleycitizen.co.uk

    Farmers with properties on the canal have hit out at British Waterways for failing to repair leaks in a canal and ‘endangering the livelihoods of businesses’. A group of farming friends have voiced their anger to the company, which closed a 64-mile stretch of the canal from Gargrave to Wigan for boating on August 2....

  • BBC - In pictures: Vandals and fly-tippers spoil the canal news.bbc.co.uk

    Vandals have caused mayhem at the L&L Canal on the outskirts of Blackburn. It doesn't sound too hopeful that the stretch will be cleaned up any time soon. British Waterways has very limited funds and resources to tidy up the mess caused by vandals and fly-tipping....

  • Yo-ho-ho fun with pirates at Stourport kidderminstershuttle.co.uk

    A“pirates weekend” in Stourport has been hailed a success by organisers. Captain Slyther and his pirate ship, The Flying Pig, were seen lurking at Stourport canal basins on Sunday and Monday. Visitors also took a trip aboard the canal trip boat, Dreamcatcher and families scoured the town and basins to hunt for clues to the secret password to unlock the pirates’ treasure chest....

  • Leeds and Liverpool canal hit by algae outbreak burnleycitizen.co.uk

    Toxic algae has contaminated the canal in East Lancashire prompting a major health warning. People are being advised to avoid contact with the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The outbreak is the latest blow to hit the waters which remain closed due to 'water shortages'. The restrictions are being partly blamed for the extent of the blue green algae outbreak. British Waterways said the lack of water movement had allowed the water to stagnate and bacteria to grow, while high winds helped it to spread. ...

  • Waterside theatre planned for Aylesbury Basin bucksherald.co.uk

    The new Aylesbury Waterside scheme is to include the restoration of the canal basin and a stunning new entertainment hub featuring a brand new theatre on its doorstep. ...

  • Environment Secretary offers up British Waterways for cuts dailymail.co.uk

    Ministers have been falling over themselves to offer massive cuts, with Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman leading the way. Mrs Spelman has identified up to 30 quangos to be downsized or axed. She will cut grants to British Waterways and scrap a £50million plan for a UK coastal path. ...

  • More than 170 people attend Stourport basins show kidderminstershuttle.co.uk

    More than 170 people attended a special performance at Stourport canal basins. ...


Thursday 26 August

Today's news from the web

  • Canal boats looted in daring raid expressandstar.com

    Raiders looted 10 narrowboats moored on the Trent and Mersey Canal in Staffordshire – then stole a boat to cart away their haul....

  • Slow Recovery for Leeds and Liverpool Reservoirs waterwaynews.blogspot.com

    There is little cheer for boaters and waterway businesses in the latest reservoir statistics from British Waterways. The Leeds and Liverpool Canal's reservoir levels are recovering only slowly and there does not appear to be much prospect of the central part of this canal re-opening in the near future. ...

  • Willow Grange opened by Watford Borough Council chairman watfordobserver.co.uk

    A new housing complex has been officially opened by the chairman of Watford Borough Council. Councillor Alan Burtenshaw cut the ribbon at Willow Grange, Church Road on Thursday. ...

  • Boat congestion after woman's body found bicesteradvertiser.net

    Hundreds of boaters were left stranded for more than 24 hours after a woman’s body was found in the Oxford Canal. Police were called to the canal at Shipton-on- Cherwell, north of Kidlington, at about 11am on Tuesday after boaters saw the body in the water. The canal was then sealed off until early yesterday morning, forcing people to moor up at locks, causing long delays on one of Britain’s busiest waterways. The backlog of canal boats is expected to descend on the city this morning with Osney Lock anticipating an exceptional number of boats....

  • Book now for Liverpool or Lancaster waterwaynews.blogspot.com

    Boaters who have been waiting for a chance to visit Liverpool or the Lancaster Canal are now able once again to make a booking. Due to the water supply problems, on 5th July British Waterways stopped taking bookings for boats to use the Liverpool Canal Link to reach Liverpool Docks or the Ribble Link to reach the Lancaster Canal. Today BW has announced that they have resumed taking bookings for passage from 1st September onwards. However, BW also warns that fluctuating water levels may result in changes at short notice. ...


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