Code of Conduct supplied by Envornment Agency Wales
The Agency has published a Code of Conduct intended to help people enjoy the river, without reducing the enjoyment of others or damaging the environment. Canoeists are asked to follow the relevant sections of the code below, which are supported by all the main user groups.
Try at all times to be courteous to other river users.
Look after the environment and avoid damaging the banks and bankside vegetation.
Do not pick up, uproot, or trample wild plants.
Take special care not to disturb beds of waterweed and gravel beds.
Do not disturb birds and other wildlife you find along the river. Keep clear of nesting birds, areas important for breeding fish and salient otter sites.
Never throw rubbish into the river or leave it in on the banks.
Please be as quiet as possible. Do not spoil the enjoyment of others.
Have regard to those engaged in organised competitions and follow instructions given by officials.
Competitors and organisers should take into account the effects on other river users.
Have special regard for the problems of those new to a sport, as you would for learner drivers on the road.
Hail to draw a person’s attention to a situation which might result in inconvenience, damage or collision. Treat a hail as a friendly warning and not as an insult.
Display warning notices at each end of a stretch of river being used for competitions.
Observe the Country Code having regard for others property.
Guidance for Canoeists
Look out for all anglers. Whilst assuring your own safety keep a good distance from them and avoid their lines. Pass by quickly and quietly, creating as little disturbance as possible and do not loiter in fishing pools.
Keep well clear of wading anglers or anglers in boats and leave enough room in front and behind for them to cast.
Comply with any signals anglers make to indicate whether they wish you to pass by or to wait a moment. Hail if you think your approach has not been noticed.
Do not sit on fast flowing water and remain stationary if there are anglers fishing nearby.
Except in an emergency, launch or land only at recognised access places. Do not trespass on private banks.
Keep clear of gravel shoals and islands during the spring when birds may be nesting.
Groups of young or inexperienced canoeists should be accompanied by a suitably experienced, responsible person; preferably a qualified canoe coach.
Park vehicles and trailers responsibly so that they do not cause a nuisance. Do not enter or park on private land without permission.
Do not get in the way of other craft by suddenly changing course. Remember that larger boats are less manoeuvrable and cannot use such shallow water as canoes.
Keep clear of rowing craft and rafts, particularly when they are racing or serious coaching is taking place. Remember that it is sometimes difficult for others to see canoes.
Salmon and trout lay their eggs in gravel. During the period October to April inclusive, trampling and launching canoes on gravels used by salmon may damage unhatched eggs and young fry. This is of particular concern upstream of Glasbury and when the water level is low. Game stocks are now a scarce resource so please do not canoe if the risk of disturbance is high. While coarse fish stocks are not in danger it is worth remembering that they spawn between April to July, and on their behalf unnecessary disturbance of gravels should be avoided.
It is an offence to wilfully disturb breeding fish or spawning beds. Please leave the water if requested to do so by an Environment Agency Officer. Such a request will only be made where there is a real risk of disturbance.
Avoid trampling and launching/landing on or near sensitive otter sites, especially in the Clifford and Whitney sectors of the river.