Rivers Blackwater and Pant

A shallow, meandering stretch of river with natural features such as riffles and silt bars throughout. Grazing pasture adjacent to the watercourse gives way to arable land further across the valley.

The area (land use)

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

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 2-5m wide and 0.5-1m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep/undercut.

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

Engineering

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.

Condition

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

Wildlife

Brown Hare, Kingfisher, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, and a variety of waterfowl were seen during the walkover surveys.

Additional comments

This section has been artificially straightened in places and bankside erosion may be an issue in some areas.

Collapsed bank of the River Pant near Sculpins Bridge

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

Rivers Blackwater and Pant

Date completed

Mar-12

Upstream Grid ref (red marker)

TL6762131022

Downstream Grid ref (green marker)

TL7139530242

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