Catchment area 36.8km2, length 22.2km. Not designated artificial or heavily modified.


Waterbody description

Since 2013 this waterbody has been failing for ecology under Water Framework Directive for water quality due to high levels of phosphates and phytobenthos, largely due to sewage discharge a point source of pollution with some additional contribution from agricultural sources (diffuse pollution).

The waterbody flows north easterly direction from Cricklade, under the A419, through largely rural farming areas, skirting north of Castle Eaton, and south of Kempsford and joins the River Coln after Inglesham village.

The Thames is fed by several other waterbodies along this stretch, increasing in discharge and flow. The riverbed geology remains clay for its length, with superficial deposits of silt and


Land use and designations

Land use towards Lechlade is cattle and sheep grazing and arable crops. The public have access along the Thames path follows large section of the course of the river from Cricklade to Castle Eaton.


Flora and Fauna


Conclusions and issues


Water Framework Directive

WFD 2016 (cycle 2) overall status ‘Moderate’, failing on phosphates (Poor), macrophytes and phytobenthos and dissolved oxygen (both Moderate).


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