River Stour

This catchment consists of the Upper River Stour, which is split into 2 parts (Upper Stour and Upper Stour upstream of Lamarsh), Chad Brook, Lower Glem, Upper Glem, Chilton Brook, Belchamp Brook, Stour Brook and Bumpstead Brook. Upper Stour and Upper Stour upstream of Lamarsh are the main water bodies within the catchment and the others are tributaries that flow into the Upper Stour a part from the upper Glem which flows into the Lower Glem.

This catchment also includes the Lower River Stour (split into 2 sections; Lower River Stour downstream of Lamarsh and Lower River Stour), River Box, Lavenham Brook, River Brett, Old River Brett and Bildeston Brook. Lavenham Brook flows into River Brett and the River Brett flows into Lower River Stour. Both Old River Brett and Bildeston Brook flow into the Lavenham Brook/River Brett area and the River Box is another tributary of the River Stour.

This map shows the current projects; potential, in progress and completed, for the River Stour.

Project status




    In progress



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The River Brett is a tributary of the River Stour and in September 2014 part of the river was restored in 2 sites, Shelley and Layham with a total of 1km being restored.

This project restored a section of Belchamp Brook which is a tributary of the River Stour.

This is a partnership project between Essex Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency and the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale AONB.

Bures Mill old channel Dec 2009

For most of its length the River Stour forms the boundary between Essex and Suffolk but for approx 250m at Bures the original channel had, until 2009, been bypassed by a Mill Race leaving just a relic ditch with occasional pools of standing water.

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Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting based on an original concept by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust