Rivers Blackwater and Pant

A long loop of the River Pant that joins a tributary south of Wimbish to form the main channel. This is a mainly arable area, but occasional paddocks and wooded patches were also present along this stretch.

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 present.

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

For most of this stretch the channel profile is variable.

Bankside trees were frequent, marginal plants and in-channel plants are frequent. 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 present and barriers / culverts are absent.


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

Additional Comments

This is generally a nice stretch of river, but large arable fields adjoining the channel and trampling could lead to erosion and sedimentation of the channel. Some areas of this stretch, near private gardens, were inaccessible for survey. There is evidence of tree planting along this stretch.


Rivers Blackwater and Pant

Date completed

Spring 2012

Upstream Grid ref (red marker)


Downstream Grid ref (green marker)


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