River Ingrebourne

These sections of river form a large tributary of the Ingrebourne. Paines Brook is the section leaving the main Ingrebourne river and this runs into Carters Brook.

The area (land use)

The dominant land use for this stretch of river is pasture and suburban/urban.

No livestock were recorded.

Channel characteristics

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

At the time of recording the flow of water was sluggish and the channel was wide and in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is shallow (Carter3) and steep (Paines).

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


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 absent at the time of the survey.

Additional Information

The start of this section runs through an industrial estate in Harold Park, moving on to housing areas and then to more open park-like area. Carters Brook is a very shaded section with a relatively narrow channel. Shading is likely stopping in channel vegetation. It is possible that there could be some pollution problems from pipes that enter the channel.


River Ingrebourne

Date completed

May-Aug 14

Upstream Grid ref (red marker)


Downstream Grid ref (green marker)


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