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 Rushden Lakes, and include a relaxing self-guided paddle as well as a guided walk around a Nature Reserve with a Wildlife Trust expert.

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

Evening Paddle and Bat Spotting Walk: 17:30-21:45 on Fridays 25 August and 1 September 2017.

Canoes will leave from Canoe2’s new base at Rushden Lakes, on our Nene Wetlands nature reserve. After a peaceful early evening paddle on the River Nene you will be met back at base by a Wildlife Trust expert, just as the bats are starting to come out. After a refreshing summer’s evening drink you will be taken on a guided walk as dusk settles. Everyone will have the opportunity to use a bat detector to pick up the ultrasonic frequencies used by bats as they hunt. The event will finish by 9.45pm

Dawn Chorus Early Morning River Paddle - stay tuned for our 2018 dates!

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. 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 the Rushden Lakes centre around 10am.

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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