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Colne; Long Meadow Plantation

This stretch of the river is bordered by arable/tilled land with some grazing.

The area (land use)

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

No livestock were recorded.

Channel characteristics

The river channel consists of mainly gravel, and riffles are absent.

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

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

Bankside trees were dominant, marginal plants and in-channel plants are frequent. Woody debris was noted to be frequent.


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

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


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


Evidence of Great Spotted Woodpecker, fish, Dog's Mercury and Arum were recorded at the time of survey.

Additional comments

Fen has recently been planted with willows. There are a large number of yew trees. Pheasant feeding.  



River Colne

Date completed

Spring 2013

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