· Canoeists do not harm fish, fowl, flora or fauna and leave no trace of their passing.
· Natural England agrees that there is unlikely to be any significant impact on or lasting disturbance to wildlife and the water environment from the passage of canoes.
· Environment Agency research has shown that canoeing does not impact on fisheries.
· A high quality environment is an essential part of the canoeing experience.
· Canoeing is a non-polluting activity sport.
· Anglers fish from boats and canoes. Kayak Fishing is becoming very popular
· All other countries in the world do not have the situation where the bed of a river can be privately owned and they experience little conflict over use.
· Canoeing contributes to Government’s social objectives and does address social exclusion. Internationally, British canoeists have an enviable track record of international results.
· Our competitors have achieved medal success at every level of competition including Olympic, World and European Championships.
· Canoeing is an activity that is enjoyed by all ages, gender, race and ability.
· Canoeing assists in developing social skills for all ages but especially young people.
· Canoeing contributes to economic development through a healthy and growing canoe trade.
· Canoeing promotes a healthy life style through physical recreation.
· Canoeing promotes and canoeists acquire skills and sporting excellence.
· Canoeists travel extra distances to paddle when suitable local waters are not available.
· When preparing for the CRoW (Countryside and Rights of Way) bill, the Countryside Agency commissioned a poll by MVA Ltd in 1999 entitled "Access to Other Open Countryside - measuring potential demand”. The following public support was stated….69% were in favour of increasing access for canoeing and rowing, 19% against and 12% unsure.
· On the River Wyre the favourite method of collecting Otter spraints (droppings) and observing Otters is now undertaken by Canoe.
· Canoeing is an affordable means of getting afloat for everyone especially for young people and families. Canoeing is the most popular watersport.
· Canoes are used by Natural England and others to check how many eggs breeding water birds were hatching in their nests because canoes were the only way of getting to the nests without undue disturbance.
· Canoeing is an increasingly popular recreation particularly for the young and the retired.
· There are over 2,200,000 people who go canoeing each year.
· Rivers are a superb natural classroom. Given greater access, schools can support the National Curriculum without classroom learning and the possibilities for cross-curricular activities are almost endless.
· Canoeing and other water sports are very much about participation.
· Providing greater access to the rivers will enable a healthier and fitter nation.
· Access to and along our inland waters are also important for members of the public..walkers/anglers/swimmers/rowers etc