NB. The sites linked below will open in a new browser window. The site descriptions in quotes are taken from the parent websites but may be paraphrased slightly to suit the context here.

If you contact any of the organisations below, please mention the Waterways Science Group and refer them to

The former British Waterways, now the Canal & River Trust in England & Wales and Scottish Canals in Scotland... the organisation responsible for maintaining 2,000 miles (3,220km) of the inland waterway network today so that people can use it for a wide range of leisure and commercial activities.
The main websites, explains who they are and what they do, including detailed information on the waterways themselves, and the many ways you can enjoy them.

Broads Authority
"The Broads Authority was set up in 1989 to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Broads, promote the enjoyment of the Broads and protect the interests of navigation."

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)
"The UK�s Centre of Excellence for research in the terrestrial and freshwater environmental sciences."

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs "Defra was created in June 2001 * to drive forward the Government's programmes on the environment, food and rural affairs. We work for the essentials of life - food, air, land, water, people, animals and plants. Our remit is the pursuit of sustainable development - weaving together economic, social and environmental concerns. Therefore, Defra:

Department for Transport
"The Department for Transport's objective is to oversee the delivery of a reliable, safe and secure transport system that responds efficiently to the needs of individuals and business whilst safeguarding our environment."

English Heritage
"English Heritage exists to look after our historic environment for future generations to enjoy."

Natural England (formerly English Nature)
"For people, for places, for nature. " "Natural England is the government�s advisor on the natural environment. We provide practical advice, grounded in science, on how best to safeguard England�s natural wealth for the benefit of everyone. Our remit is to ensure sustainable stewardship of the land and sea so that people and nature can thrive. It is our responsibility to see that England�s rich natural environment can adapt and survive intact for future generations to enjoy."

Environment Agency
"We are the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. It's our job to make sure that air, land and water are looked after by everyone in today's society, so that tomorrow's generations inherit a cleaner, healthier world." Sir John Harman, Chairman.

Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management
"The purpose of IEEM is to advance the science, practice and professionalism of ecology, environmental management and sustainable development."

Institute of Environmental Management and Assessmet
"The IEMA's mission is to... promote the goal of sustainable development through the promotion of improved environmental practice and performance"

Natural Environment Research Council
"To promote and support, by any means, high quality basic, strategic and applied research, survey, long-term environmental monitoring and related postgraduate training in terrestrial, marine and freshwater biology and Earth, atmospheric, hydrological, oceanographic and polar sciences and Earth observation"

Rothampstead Research Station
"A world leading scientific research establishment making significant contributions, nationally and internationally to the sustainable management of agricultural land and the environment through innovations that lead to sustainable products and practices reducing reliance on non-renewable inputs." The station includes a Plant and Invertebrate Ecology division.

Thursday, October 28th, 2021