River Avon at Saltford

Photo: River Avon at Saltford

Latest News

*  Draft WaterSpace Study now published.

River Avon Bat Survey results 2016 published.

*  Details of the Mead Lane, Saltford Mooring Trial.

*  The River Avon Corridor capital investment plan for 2017-18 are here.

Introduction

The River Avon, the Kennet Avon and Canal and other waterways are an important part of Bath & North East Somerset’s rich environment. For example:

  • They provide key green infrastructure corridors through both our urban and rural areas, linking otherwise fragmented habitats and providing for a range of wildlife.
  • Canal and Riverside paths and rights of way provide recreational and sustainable travel routes and link public spaces.
  • They have an important recreational and leisure role.
  • Residential and commercial, moorings are provided on our River and Canal network.
  • Waterways convey flood waters and discharges, and can provide water supplies for agricultural and industrial use.
  • Many of our former industrial sites undergoing redevelopment and regeneration are located on River and Canal corridors, and are undergoing significant change.

We value the multi-functional benefits of our water systems, and work together with many partner organisations and individuals to make sure that our Rivers and Canals continue to provide a range of roles and benefits to wildlife and people.

River Avon Projects

For more information about a range of Council projects and functions in this area, see our linked pages below: 

Green Infrastructure

The River Avon and Kennet and Avon Canal Corridor are one of the Council’s seven key Green Infrastructure priorities. The Council's Green Infrastructure web page is here

Environmental Monitoring Flooding 

Further information in relation to Environmental Monitoring, including the causes of foam on the River can be viewed here.

Further information on this topic is also provided by the Environment Agency here.

The Council works closely with the Environment Agency, who are the organisation responsible for flood defence and flood warning in England and Wales.

The Council's flood web page is here

Moorings

The Council owns a limited number of mooring sites within Bath & North East Somerset Area.

Moorings - including information regarding Pulteney Moorings is here

Strategies/Projects 

The Council works in partnership with a range of strategies and projects, which include elements relating to the River and the Canal and adjoining land:

River Safety

The Council has established a River Safety Partnership which delivers a range of safety improvements and safety awareness campaigns relating primarily to the River Avon. 

Water Space Study 

Focusing the River Avon and Kennet and Avon Canal (Deep Lock to Limpley Stoke Viaduct), the Council is working in partnership with the Environment Agency, the Canal and Rivers Trust and Wessex Water. We are working to develop an evidence base, undertake public and stakeholder consultation and identify opportunities to deliver enhancements to these waterways and adjoining land.  Boater Survey Results 2016 are available here.

For more information, please follow the link. 

River Avon Bat Project 

B&NES Council is working with Natural England and Ecologists Clarkson & Woods to undertake an intensive bat survey of the River Avon in Bath. Between April and November 2016, bat surveys have been underway developing an evidence based understanding of how bat are using the River Avon corridor to inform the approach to new development underway in the Bath Enterprise Area.

For more information about the survey, and the community engagement that has formed a core part of the project – including citizen science surveys see our website.

A new young people’s web page is also available with ideas for bat related craft, fun facts and a cartoon about Horseshoe Bats and the River Avon! 

Festival of Nature 

Around 3000 people took part in the Bristol to Bath River Avon themed Festival of Nature 2016 Programme – at events in Bath, Saltford and Keynsham.  A consultation report and survey data from the citizen science project on bats can be found on our website 

River Corridor Capital Funding 

An update on the 2016-17 River Corridor funding capital allocation can be found here. 

River & Canal Walks 

Experience the River Avon and Kennet & Avon Canal for yourself with one of our walking tour, here.

Volunteer Pages

This new web page contains information useful to volunteers working in our area – including information on invasive species found on our waterways – and how to identify them.  See our website for more.

Last updated: 21 July 2017

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