Catchment area 1,275 ha, length 8.1km. Not designated artificial or heavily modified.


Waterbody description

Making up the upper section of the River Cole, the Liden Brook flow down the northern slopes of Ridgeway from the M4 at Medbourne towards Coate parallel to the A419. It remains east of Swindon, passing under the Wanborough Road by Redlands Airfield heading north to join the River Cole after Acorn Bridge. The geology transitions from Zigzag chalk (on Ridgeway) across the mudstone Gault Formation onto the characteristic Oxford clay to the east of Dorcan.


Land use and designations

Mainly agricultural.


Flora and Fauna


Water Framework Directive 

WFD 2016 overall is classified as Poor, failing for Macrophytes and Phytobenthos due to sewage discharge and poor nutrient management in the catchment.


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