Welcome to the official web site 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
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
Our towpath remains open and boats can move freely along the river. Please observe the current guidelines around social distancing. Our towpaths are free to everyone; use of the water requires the appropriate licence.
Whilst our diary of events is currently under review by the individual event organisers, we would ask that you check the relevant websites of these organisations for the latest event information. We will endeavour to keep our diary as up to date as possible as we receive information ourselves. Due to the restrictions on gatherings of over 2 people from different households we would actively discourage spectators from gathering together on the towpath to watch any events.
Please click on this link to read our Frequently Asked Questions.
We would ask that members of the public do not visit our office. In order to best protect our staff, we are operating a flexible working policy for our administrational team. We would also 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 installment 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)
*A14 Bank works now complete. Area remains barriered off until further notice*
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