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The Stream

An archway of small trees over a stony stream bed

The Stream or Cuttle Brook flows through the lower meadow and then out under the road.  It flows past Temple Balsall and eventually in to the River Blythe.  There are three local nature reserves on the Cuttle -Brook Meadow, Cuttle Brook Wood and Cuttle Pool

When the weather is very wet, it overflows its banks and makes quite a flood.

The stream is full of invertebrate life, especially caddis fly larvae, and in the dry summer of 2018 we found quite a large signal crayfish.

Fish also have to contend with the stream drying up until there are just a few pools left with water in. Sticklebacks thrive, though, including the 10-spined stickleback.

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