Catchment area 1,231 ha, length 5.1km. Not designated artificial or heavily modified.


Waterbody description

WFD 2016 overall was Moderate status owing to bad phosphate from suspected transport drainage and sewage discharge, both of which are affecting the Macrophytes and Phytobenthos levels.

The South Marsden Brook waterbody encompasses north-east Swindon from Groundwell, Stratton St Margaret to Nightingale Wood, including a substantial strip of the A419. The Brook itself runs to the south-east, from South Marsden Industrial estate, towards Burton Grove through mainly agriculture to Nightingale Wood where it joins the River Cole at Acorn End.

The riverbed geology is predominantly sandstone, passing intermittent layers of clay.


Land use and designations


Flora and Fauna


Conclusions and issues


Water Framework Directive


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