The BCU has written the Canoeists Code in an attempt to help protect the environment.

Canoeists Code

Your canoe is a traditional craft used throughout the world for exploring wilderness areas and quietly observing wildlife and flora. By following the simple steps below you can ensure your presence is not detrimental to the environment:

  • Leave the environment as you find it
  • Find out about the area before you go, noting its sensitive places,  species and breeding seasons
  • Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home with you
  • Keep noise to a minimum
  • Take care not to cause damage when launching or landing along natural banks. Float your canoe for launching and lift out when landing
  • Where possible keep to any designated paths or launching points
  • Gravel banks may contain fish spawn – avoid paddling over them in low  water conditions
  • Paddle at a distance and in a manner to minimise any disturbance to wildlife
  • Be aware of Environment Agency information to help protect the fresh water environment when using canoes and equipment overseas
  • Report pollution or damage to appropriate authorities