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Fairham Brook

Fairham Brook is a 16-mile-long 26 km tributary of the River Trent that flows through Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire in England2


  • 1 Course
  • 2 Catchment
  • 3 Wildlife and ecology
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References


The source of the brook is on the edge of the Nottinghamshire Wolds, near Old Dalby, Leicestershire It initially flows in a northerly direction, and then turns west passing through the villages of Widmerpool, and Bunny It crosses Bunny and Ruddington moor, and then flows north between Clifton and the village of Ruddington The brook joins the River Trent near Silverdale, on the outskirts of Nottingham near Clifton Bridge3


The catchment has an area of 80 square kilometres 31 sq mi,1 which lies between that of the Polser brook and River Smite to the north, and that of the Kingston brook to the south The brook has a number of tributaries, which are mostly unnamed, except for the stream that flows from Gotham, known as the Gotham brook, the stream that flows between Ruddington village and Mickleborough Hill which is known as Packman's Dike, and the Nethergate brook which drains the Clifton estate

Fairham brook flowing through Bunny moor

In its middle reaches the brook drains an area known as "The Moors", a flat fenland landscape that includes Ruddington, Bunny, Bradmore and Gotham moors34

Agricultural drainage is important for these moors, with the smaller drains being maintained by the Trent Valley Internal Drainage Board5 Fairham Brook acts as the arterial watercourse and has been designated as main river from Clifton to its confluence with the Trent6

Wildlife and ecologyedit

Alongside the brook near Clifton, is a local nature reserve, which consists of wetland and scrub, where kingfishers have been seen in the vicinity of the brook There is another nature reserve beside the brook known as Keyworth Meadow, which supports a population of turtle doves78

In the 17th century, a bridge over the brook marked the start of Clifton Grove which was originally an avenue of elm trees that bordered the carriage route to Clifton Hall Although the elm trees were lost to Dutch elm disease, the grove still exists, and contains other trees including oak, chestnut, and giant redwoods It is now an important wildlife site and local nature reserve, that links other reserves alongside the River Trent, including Clifton wood and Holme Pit910

Fairham brook has been classed as having poor ecological quality under the Water Framework Directive This is one of the lower bands in the five part framework scale, which ranges from high, good, and moderate, through to poor and finally bad3

See alsoedit

  • List of rivers of England


  1. ^ a b "Water Framework Directive Surface Water Classification Status and Objectives 2012 csv files" Environment-agencygovuk Archived from the original on 24 February 2014 Retrieved 10 March 2014 
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey 2009 129 Nottingham and Lougborough OS Landranger Map Series Ordnance Survey ISBN 9780319231623 
  3. ^ a b c "Water Framework Directive - River Basin Management Plans" What's in your Backyard Environment Agency Retrieved 11 March 2014 
  4. ^ "A Stoll around Bunny" Bunny Village Bunny Village history society Retrieved 14 March 2014 
  5. ^ "About Us" Trent Valley Internal Drainage Board Water Management Consortium Retrieved 6 March 2015 
  6. ^ "Flood Map for planning" What's in your Backyard Environment Agency Retrieved 10 March 2014 
  7. ^ "Fairham Brook" Nature Reserves Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Retrieved 14 March 2014 
  8. ^ "Natural History" Keyworth Meadow keyworth-meadowcouk Archived from the original on 19 April 2014 Retrieved 14 March 2014 
  9. ^ "Clifton Grove Woodland" clifton-village Retrieved 10 March 2014 
  10. ^ "Holme Pit, Clifton Wood and Clifton Grove" Wildlife in the City Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Retrieved 10 March 2014 

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