Push the boat out with the Wildlife Trust!

Canoeing on the River Nene by Chana JamesCanoeing on the River Nene by Chana James

The Wildlife Trust has teamed up with Northamptonshire company Canoe2 for a unique way to experience and appreciate nature. You could be spotting wildlife whilst gliding along the waters of the River Nene!

Trips start out from Ditchford, and include a relaxing self-guided paddle as well as a guided walk around Ditchford Nature Reserve with a Wildlife Trust expert.

Canoe2 will be donating 50% of ticket sales from these events to the Wildlife Trust BCN.

Dawn Chorus Early Morning River Paddle: 6.15-10.00am on Saturdays 22 April and 29 April 2017

Before you leave for your canoe trip you will be taken on a Dawn Chorus walk around the Wildlife Trust’s idyllic waterside nature reserve at Ditchford Lakes & Meadows. Wildlife experts will help you to identify birds along the way through their early morning calls. Then your magical early morning paddle on the river will begin, ending back at Ditchford Lock around 10.00am

Evening Paddle and Bat Spotting Walk - Dates for 2017 to be announced soon

Canoes will leave from Canoe2’s base at Ditchford. After a peaceful early evening paddle on the River Nene you will be met back at Ditchford by your Wildlife Trust experts just as the bats are starting to come out. After a refreshing summer’s evening drink you will be taken on a guided walk of Ditchford Nature Reserve as dusk settles. Everyone will have the opportunity to use a bat detector which picks up the ultrasonic frequencies used by bats as they hunt. The event will finish by 9.45pm

You will receive a full safety briefing and paddle demonstration before setting off in your canoe. Trips are not escorted on the river.

Prices start at £50 for a 2-person canoe. Availability is very limited, so please do be sure to book soon for 2017 trips. To book, or order your Gift Vouchers, please call Canoe2 on 01604 832115 or email info@canoe2.co.uk

Richard Nelson from Canoe2 says: “We believe there can be no better way to enjoy and appreciate the rich and diverse habitat than gently paddling down the River Nene in an open Canadian canoe.”

Read testimonials from last year's paddle here

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