Rivers Blackwater and Pant

This stretch of river is predominantly rural but the land use changes to surburban areas in the downstream section.

The area (land use)

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

No livestock were recorded.

Channel characteristics

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

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

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

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


The channel has not been straightened and man-made enhancements are absent 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.


Kingfishers were recorded along this stretch of the river.

Additional comments

Pasture gives way to arable land further away from the river corridor; there are also patches of other land use types such as woodland along this stretch. Concerns were raised over the lack of water in this stretch of river, at the time of survey the channel was very dry.

River Pant, Mill House to Copford Hall


Rivers Blackwater and Pant

Date completed


Upstream Grid ref (red marker)


Downstream Grid ref (green marker)


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