River Ingrebourne

A thin overgrown channel which runs though a SSSI.

The area (land use)

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

No livestock were recorded.

Channel characteristics

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

At the time of recording the flow of water was medium and the channel was 2-5m wide and 1-2m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is flat.

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


The channel has 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 present in the downstream section only and areas of erosion were absent at the time of the survey.


Willow, reeds, brambles and nettles are present here, some of which are chocking the channel. Between the tight banks reed and other emergent plants greatly increase the silt deposit and congest the river. Flooding which used to be infrequent is now so regular it prevents cattle being put on the marsh.

Additional Information

Grazing and poaching is present. Buffer strips of up to 100m are present in some places along this channel


River Ingrebourne

Date completed


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