Rivers Blackwater and Pant

Channel has widened and is straighter in this section compared to downstream. The surrounding land is woodland on the east bank and a fishing lake on the west bank so there was a large area on each bank of natural relatively undisturbed habitat. The ground was quite marshy in places too.

The area (land use)

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

Horses were the main livestock 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 5-10m wide and 1-2m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

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


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

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


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


Mallard, Moorhen, Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Additional Information

In some places the banks had been worn away creating vertical undercuts.


Rivers Blackwater and Pant

Date completed


Upstream Grid ref (red marker)


Downstream Grid ref (green marker)


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