River Roach

Arable fields and football pitches were the main land uses along the bank in this section. There are lots of trees and scrub along the banks. The flow of the water changes from moderate upstream to slow downstream.

The area (land use)

The dominant land use for this stretch of river is arable and recreational grassland.

Horses were the main livestock recorded.

Channel characteristics

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

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 steep.

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

Engineering

The channel has not 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 Moorhen was seen during the survey.

Additional Information

The bufferstrips between the arable land and the channel were not very wide overall and non-existent in places.

Some rubbish was seen in the channel.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Roach

Date completed

Apr-14

Upstream Grid ref (red marker)

TQ8582589994

Downstream Grid ref (green marker)

TQ8619790203

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