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Belchamp Brook Pressures

The table below shows the current pressures that this waterbody faces and the solutions that could be put in place to solve these problems. You can learn more about some of these pressures and solutions on the Environment Agency Catchment Data Explorer or you can contact us to find out more.

PRESSURES

SOLUTIONS

There are multiple barriers in this waterbody which are preventing fish movement. There were lower than expected populations of fish in this waterbody when it was surveyed, this was especially true for roach, chub and dace.

It would be beneficial to remove any barriers to fish migration, or introduce some a mechanism to allow the fish to by-pass barriers.

This waterbody is prone to drying out and therefore this may have a negative impact on fish populations, this should be monitored.

The arable land surrounding this waterbody may impact water quality; this should be tested to determine its effect on fish.

This waterbody has a relatively low flow which could be due to the groundwater abstraction that takes place locally. This low flow could be having an impact on fish and invertebrate populations, but there are uncertainties about how much of an impact this low flow may be having.

Further investigation needs to be carried out to determine the extent of the problems being caused by low flows, this would include invertebrate monitoring.

  

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