Local Information for Boaters

A list of useful numbers, websites and resources for boaters in IWA Great Ouse Branch area.

Strong Stream Advice

To find out if Strong Stream Advice has been issued or cancelled, you can call the Environment Agency 24 hour Strong Stream Advice hotline on 0845 988 1188. Choose option 1 and listen to the pre-recorded information, followed by one of these quick dial codes:

  • Nene – 032112
  • Great Ouse (Bedford to Earith) – 033211
  • Ancholme - 031212

To sign up to a free service that will sent you an automated message by phone, text or email when Strong Stream Advice is issued, call 01522 785943 or visit the Environment Agency Strong Stream Advice web page, where you can also find current Strong Stream Advice.

Navigate the 'Backs'

Between October and March, powered boats are permitted to navigate the Cambridge ‘Backs’, by arrangement with the Conservancy. Camboaters (in collaboration with the Conservancy) has produced a comprehensive guide to navigating the ‘Backs’ in a powered boat, which can be downloaded or read online on their website.

Keep Possessions Safe

Thieves area atrracted to a variety of items found on your boat, including outboard engines. It is advised that you purchase a good quality outboard engine lock and visibly mark your engine with your home postcode and house number to identify it as belonging to you. You should also:

  • Keep records of all serial numbers
  • Lock anything valuable out of sight in a strong locker using a strong padlock
  • Keep your curtains closed or use net curtaining so that no-one can see inside
  • Keep unused rope, fenders and other equipment out of sight
  • Do not leave any personal paperwork on board.

If you hear any useful information, rumour or gossip which you feel may assist the police investigations and prevent further offences please contact the Police on 101 (non-emergency number). If you suspect you are observing a crime happening call 999.

Carbon Monoxide Safety

Find out about the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and how to stay safe.

Useful Numbers

Environment Agency 24 hour Strong Stream Advice Hotline:

0845 988 1188, option 1, then the quick dial code - 032112 (Nene), 033211 (Great Ouse, Bedford to Earith), 031212 (Ancholme).

River Manager Jed Ramsay, River Cam:

01223 863 785


101 (non-emergency, to report useful information to Police)
999 (emergency number, if you think you are witnessing a crime)