Rivers Blackwater and Pant

A meandering stretch of river that is in good condition overall but shows signs of having been straightened in places. This stretch shows signs of being impacted by run off from adjoining land in parts.

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 , and riffles are absent.

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

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep/shallow some undercutting,.

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


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

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


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


Mammal runs and evidence of Kingfishers were seen throughout.

Additional comments

A slightly deeper section of river than elsewhere, with occasional areas of erosion along the bank.

One short stretch of the river adjacent to a private garden was inaccessible for surveying.


River Pant, Millfield Plantation


Rivers Blackwater and Pant

Date completed


Upstream Grid ref (red marker)


Downstream Grid ref (green marker)


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