Photo: River Avon at Saltford
* New informal design guidance for Protecting Bats in Waterside Development in Bath has been published (July 2018). (Plus Appendix 1: River Avon Horseshoe Bat Monitoring Study (2016), Appendix 2: River Avon Horseshoe Bat Monitoring Study Winter Addendum Report (2016), Appendix 3: Baseline Lighting Survey Data: River Avon – Bath Enterprise Zone (2017), Section 1 - Newbridge to Weston Island, Section 2 - Weston Island to Green Park, Section 3 - Green Park to Putleney Bridge, Section 4 - Putleney Bridge to Grosvenor, Appendix 4: River Avon Edge Conditions Mapping (2017) p1 - 10 and p11 - 19).
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:
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.
The Council owns a limited number of mooring sites within Bath & North East Somerset Area.
Moorings - including information regarding Pulteney Moorings is here.
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:
Bath Pattern Book (Pulteney Weir is one of seven public realm concept designs included in the Pattern Book - Part 1)
Placemaking Plan (new Moorings policy - H.6)
Case Studies of Community Led Design Projects including Bathampton Riverside Park (produced for DCLG, July 2016)
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 create Bat mitigation measure for the Bath Enterprise area. This will involve the publication of guidance for use by developers, planners and engineers to implement within the zone in order to encourage bats. Between April and November 2016 and in winter 2017, bat surveys were carried out providing an evidence based understanding of how bats are using the River Avon corridor across all seasons.
New informal design guidance has been created based on the detailed ecological survey work undertaken – see our website.
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
3500 people attended the Bath Festival of Nature day in June 2017, which was a huge success as 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.
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.
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: 1 October 2019