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This rural stretch of the river loops through small strips of woodland bordered by predominantly arable areas to the north of Great Yeldham.

The area (land use)

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

No livestock were recorded.

Channel characteristics

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

At the time of recording the flow of water was Array and the channel was Array wide and Array in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

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


The channel has been straightened and man-made enhancements are Array along this stretch of river.

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


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


Otter signs were seen along this stretch, and a number of ancient woodland indicator plants were also noted among the bankside vegetation, including Dog's Mercury and Oxlip. Fish were seen in the channel and a number of bird species were also sighted, including Greater Spotted Woodpecker.

Additional Comments

This is a nice section of river, the main concern is the low level of flow along this stretch. A small area of neglected coppice woodland is also present along this section.


River Colne

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