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This section of river has a natural structure which is fed by natural springs on the north bank. These natural springs have also created wetland areas on the north bank so the ground is quite marshy in places. The south bank is a grazing pasture so there is limited vegetation on that bank but the north bank is a combination of mixed vegetation common to river banks and also used as a Cricket Bat Willow plantation.

The area (land use)

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

No livestock were recorded.

Channel characteristics

The river channel consists of mainly silt, 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.


During the survey Orange Tip Butterflies and Mallards (with ducklings) were seen and tracks from a Muntjac Deer were also seen

Additional Information

The water was a brown colour at the time of the survey suggesting it has a high silt content.

There are 2 road bridges crossing this section, one being the A120 so quite a busy road, and some housing on the south bank at the furthest point downstream. Near the housing there is some reinforcement in the form of garden decking.



River Blackwater

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