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Photo of the Month is here. New!
Moderate bores expected around Spring tides 01 Mar - 05 Mar and 31 Mar - 03 Apr.
River Severn, Goucester and Sharpness Canal.
Locks and bridges are open 7 days a week from 0800 - 1800 hours. (Gloucester Lock, Llanthony, Hempstead Bridges close for rush hour road traffic between 0820-0900 and 1630 - 1730 weekdays. Fretherne Bridge closed 0820 - 0900 school term times).
Source: Canal & River Trust.
British Summer Time
BST begins on 25 Mar.
For advice on out of season boating see Winter Boating.
River Severn Levels
For up-to-date river levels and/or flood warnings at specific sites, refer to the Environment Agency.
Caution : river levels can rise very rapidly after heavy rain anywhere in the large Severn catchment area. For lock availability, contact Lock Keeper by VHF or telephone.
For boating formulas you once knew but may have forgotten see Boating Formulas.
Online quiz to test your boating knowledge.
Bulk Freight transport
Cemex continue shipping sand and gravel aggregate on the River Severn to their processing plant at Ryall's House Farm quarry. Sand and gravel is being transported from a new quarry and wharf at Ryall's Court to the north of Upton.
For photographs see freight transport
Droitwich Barge Canal/River Severn
Barge Canal has access from River Severn north east of Bevere Lock. Air draught is very restricted and access to the inland canal system only possible for narrow boats.
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If you transmit on VHF your boat name, owner and licence details, and call sign can be checked on the official database.
For locality specific weather forecasts go to Bristol Channel or Severn Boating Links.
Change of VHF Radio Frequencies
HM Coastguard now uses
Channels 62, 63 and 64 for transmission of MSI and radio medical advice
Marine Safety Information
Voice VHF for Bristol Channel broadcast at 3 hour intervals starting at 0150 hours. Severn bridge aerial on VHF channel 64.
Source: Marine & Coastguard Agency.
Sea Locks Sharpness and Bristol
Heavily tide dependent; lock and swing bridges require prior arrangement by telephone or VHF.
Most other sea locks in the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel are dependent on the tides. For information see relevant links under Bristol Channel ('major shipping...') and Severn Links ('nautical matters')
Full Moon 02 Mar New Moon 17 Mar Full Moon 31 Mar.
Spring tides occur two days after new or full moon.
For online daily tide times at Avonmouth and other locations in Bristol Channel see under 'Nautical Matters' in Severn boating links
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