Eye Brook

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Buried in woodland, lit by dappled sunlight, a muddy stream crosses the path, forming a small ford.  The path is muddy and shows tracks of vehicle wheels.
Bridleway ford on the Eye Brook at Tugby Wood, near Priest Hill
The Eye brook is a shallow stream here, some 4 metres wide.  The picture shows it passing through pasture dotted with cows, one of which is standing in the water drinking.
The Eye Brook above the reservoir, near Beaumont Chase Farm
a Lowland landscape in the wide Welland valley, with distant hills on the horizon.  Most of the picture is taken up with what appears to be a river flowing from in front of the viewer and out through the top of the frame, with a smaller stream joining from the right.  But by convention it is the Welland that flows in from the right and out the top, and the Eye Brook that is at the photographer's feet and looses its identity at the junction with the Welland.  It is a winters day, the trees on the left bank are bare and the grass brown along the waters edge.  But in the middle distance a field of winter wheat is verdant.
Confluence of Eye Brook (foreground) and Welland (from the right, and flowing away)

The Eye Brook is a river in the East Midlands of England, a tributary of the River Welland. It is around 10 miles (16 km) long.[1][2]

Rising near Tilton on the Hill or Skeffington in Leicestershire, it flows east. Near where it crosses the A47, it starts to form the county boundary between Leicestershire and Rutland, and goes between Belton-in-Rutland to the north, and Allexton to the south. It then proceeds south-eastwards. Between Stoke Dry and Caldecott it is dammed to form the Eyebrook Reservoir. Soon after this, it joins the River Welland (here forming the border with Northamptonshire).

Much of the land surrounding the area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest[3] and a report by English Nature considered the river to be one of the most "natural" in the county having experienced very little human intervention.

The Eye Brook Community Heritage Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery, documents the evolution of land use within the Brook's catchment, the management and use of natural resources associated with it, and the underlying ecology.[4]

The river holds a variety of fish species, including roach, dace and chub. Wild brown trout spawn in the lower reaches.[4]

Coordinates: 52°31′47″N 0°42′32″W / 52.5298°N 0.7089°W / 52.5298; -0.7089

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wheeler and Batty (1896), p.291
  2. ^ "Welland catchment map" (PDF). Environment Agency. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Eyebrook valley" (PDF). Discover Rutland. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Bibliography[edit]

  • William Henry Wheeler; Leonard Charles Batty (1896). A History of the Fens of South Lincolnshire. British Library Historical Print Collections. ISBN 978-1-241-32839-9. 

External links[edit]

  • "Great Merrible Wood". Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 2 June 2013. part of the Eye Brook Valley Woods Site of Special Scientific Interest.