River Mardyke

The channel has been straightened and is quite narrow and featureless here, with very steep banks that are undercut in places. Surrounding land is mainly arable fields. There are a network of ditches at the furthest point upstream.

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 silt, and riffles are absent.

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

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

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

Engineering

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

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

Condition

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

Wildlife

A Water Vole was seen during the survey and field signs showing that foxes and muntjac are in the area.

 

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Mardyke

Date completed

May-13

Upstream Grid ref (red marker)

TQ6313387040

Downstream Grid ref (green marker)

TQ6286486452

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