Our environment and heritage
The environment and heritage of the canal network is integral to our role as guardians of the Scottish canals.
The canals are historically significant, having played an important role in the industrial revolution. They have been designated as Scheduled Ancient Monuments, and many of their associated buildings are listed.
We understand the importance of the canal network’s built and natural environment, and through considered and sustainable improvement we are working towards Scottish Government objectives, and ensuring the canals are managed for the enjoyment of all.
Between March and July you might spot birds nesting alongside the canals.
We adapt our grass-cutting to leave nesting birds undisturbed, and we ask that you enjoy watching them without disturbing them.