Research: River habitat survey guidance manual

Environment Agency

August 5
13:42 2022

How to do river habitat surveys

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River habitat surveys characterise and assess the features of freshwater rivers and streams.

This document shows you how to do the survey. It includes pictures so the file size is large and may be slow to download.

For more information about this publication please contact the Environment Agency.

Published 1 January 2013
Last updated 5 August 2022 +show all updates
  1. The river habitat survey manual has been reprinted, so added an updated PDF to reflect this version. As part of this update we've corrected the definition of fords in Figure D1 in 'Part three - detailed guidance and definitions'. And we've updated some photographs in 'Part four - photo gallery'.

  2. Hard copies of this document are out of print.

  3. First published.

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