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Client:Environment Agency Thames Region

River Kennet Fluvial Audit

The River Kennet and its tributaries were comprehensively surveyed to identify the conservation value and the extent to which the river system had been modified.

300 km of the River Kennet were surveyed for the Environment Agency using a standard fluvial audit survey method developed under R+D research. This survey provides the most comprehensive undertaken on the river and catchment.

The River Kennet, which flows over varied geologies of chalk and clays within the Thames Basin, has been heavily modified both for navigation and for fisheries. However, there are still some tributary systems that retain and almost natural form and function, which form important reference sites for management and restoration activity.