River Roach

Upstream the banks are mostly earth with some concrete reinforcement in places however further downstream the banks become completed concrete enforced. The channel is shaded by trees and there is some bankside vegetation growing above the concrete banks. in places the channel becomes blocked by leaves. The brook runs next to houses and under roads for the whole stretch.

The area (land use)

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

No livestock were recorded.

Channel characteristics

The river channel consists of mainly unknown, and riffles are present in the upstream section only.

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

For most of this stretch the channel profile is mainly steep but shallow in places..

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


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.


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


During the survey the following was seen: Robin, Grey Squirrel and a Fox den.

Additional Information

Quite neglected in places with some fly-tipping on banks. At one point the brook becomes heavily reinforced and the flow of the water seems to become artifically altered.


River Roach

Date completed


Upstream Grid ref (red marker)


Downstream Grid ref (green marker)


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