Rivers Blackwater and Pant

This stretch of the river flows from Radwinter through grazing land in the upstream of section and through arable farmland to Clay Wood downstream.

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 gravel, and riffles are present.

At the time of recording the flow of water was medium and the channel was 2-5m wide and 0.5-1m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is variable.

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


The channel has not been straightened and man-made enhancements are absent along this stretch of river.

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


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


Rabbits, Badgers, Kingfishers and Swallow were all recorded along this stretch. Green Woodpecker were also noted.

Additional comments

This section is sparsely vegetated and as a result has problems with sedimentation and run off, there are also collapsed banks in places in part due to rabbit activity. A rubbish pile next to the channel was noted along this stretch.


Rivers Blackwater and Pant

Date completed

Spring 2012

Upstream Grid ref (red marker)


Downstream Grid ref (green marker)


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