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Blackwater; Wickham Place

The channel has steep banks and is quite wide and straight with very few natural features, although there is some woody debris in the channel which creates small areas of habitat. The banks have some natural vegetation but these are very narrow.

The area (land use)

The dominant land use for this stretch of river is suburban.

No livestock were recorded.

Channel characteristics

The river channel consists of mainly silt, and riffles are present.

At the time of recording the flow of water was medium and the channel was 2--5m wide and 0.5-1m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is mainly flat but steep in places.

Bankside trees were abundant, marginal plants and in-channel plants are rare. Woody debris was noted to be occasional.

Engineering

The channel has not been straightened and man-made enhancements are present along this stretch of river.

Field drains were recorded as present and barriers / culverts are present.

Condition

Areas of trampling / poaching were present and areas of erosion were absent at the time of the survey.

Wildlife

Kingfisher

Additional Information

There is some urban drainage so is may be having an impact on water quality; this could also be connected to the odour that was present during the survey.

Upstream this section beings in private gardens but further downstream the surrounding land becomes rough grassland. There is a combination of mature and young trees and there is also some non-native tree present also, there is also scrubby areas and hedges.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Blackwater

Date completed

Nov 2012

Upstream Grid ref

TL8245911873

Downstream Grid ref

TL8214911569

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