Welcome to the official website for the Conservators of the River Cam.
We are the statutory navigation authority for the River Cam from Bottisham Lock to the Mill Pond in Cambridge.
The Conservators' mission is to:
maintain the River Cam between Mill Pit and Bottisham Lock in a good navigable condition
strike a balance between the needs of all the river users and riverside landowners and residents
manage the river in a manner sensitive to environmental interests.
NOTICES TO NAVIGATION & TOWPATH USERS
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT DUE TO CAMBRIDGESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL CONSTRUCTION WORKS ALONG THE NAVIGATION IN THE CHESTERTON AREA, NAVIGATION MAY BE DISRUPTED. WE WILL UPDATE OUR CALENDAR FOR SPECIFIC RIVER CLOSURES ONCE WE HAVE HAD DATES CONFIRMED.
In these unprecedented times, our priority is to support the national effort to keep people safe, following the Government’s advice and taking the appropriate action to protect our colleagues and partners, and everyone who visits, or lives on and around the River Cam and
All specific restrictions on inland rivers will be lifted on the 4th July.
Guidance on what you can and can't do generally, can be found here:
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ALL VESSELS ON THE RIVER, INCLUDING PADDLEBOARDS & CANOES MUST BE REGISTERED AND THIS INCLUDES CLEAR IDENTIFICATION AND INSURANCE.
We continue to ask that members of the public do not visit our office. In order to best protect our staff, we continue to operate a flexible working policy for our administrational team. We also continue to request that you communicate with us electronically or by leaving a telephone message and avoid using the post. We endeavour to address all enquiries, applications and messages as soon as possible, however there may be some delay in our response to your queries. Please be patient.
Maintaining our river
Our navigation team remain at work, for as long as this remains consistent with Government advice, and the emergency navigational support they provide will continue through this period of uncertainty.
A huge thank you goes to our employees and volunteers who continue to make this amazing river available for people to use and enjoy. Our contingency plans will help ensure we can continue to keep the river open, safe and available for use – for as long as this remains consistent with Government advice.
Please check our website www.camconservancy.org for the latest information; and if you can, whilst observing the latest public health guidance, please visit and enjoy the nature, beauty and wellbeing on your doorstep.
For registration & licensing email:
For instalment consent email:
For River incidents please use our online form on this website
Navigation Emergency number: 01223 646459 (This is only for use for navigation emergencies such as boat adrift, lock malfunction and boat sinking)
For information on our Byelaws and Legislative Framework please see our page: https://www.camconservancy.org/legislative-framework
For further useful information please refer to the below:
For wildlife & countryside information please refer to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1981/69
Please visit the RSPB website for further information on how to report crimes against wild birds: https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/how-to-report-crimes/
Please report environmental incidents to the Environment Agency 24 hour Incident hotline: 0800 80 7060