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River Box 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

Himalayan Balsam has been most recently recorded on this water body in 2013 . This pretty plant, with pink flowers, is fast growing and hardy. It covers river banks and shades out native plants. In the winter, Himalayan Balsam will die down, leaving bare banks that are susceptible to erosion.

Himalayan Balsam can be removed easily by pulling it from the ground (including the root), snapping the basal stem and then leaving it in a pile to rot down. If you would like to get involved in pulling this invasive species, or would like to organise a work party, then please let us know through the contact us page.

 

There are a range of physical structures on this waterbody including flood protection structures, a mill and other barriers. These physical structures are contributing to the lower than expected fish populations that are seen in this waterbody.

The structures that are present should be modified to ensure fish migration is not hindered and that there is as much available habitat as possible. Removal of structures that are not used or required.

There are a few structures on this waterbody which may impact on some fish and their ability to migrate along the river.

This waterbody has developed problems with phosphate levels which contribute to its overall rating as moderate. Unfortunately there is no data to suggest where these problems are originating from.

Carry out further investigation in order to determine the source of pollutants and take the action required to solve the problem.

This waterbody has developed problems with phosphate levels which contribute to its overall rating as moderate. Unfortunately there is no data to suggest where these problems are originating from.

Carry out further investigation in order to determine the source of pollutants and take the action required to solve the problem.

  

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