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However what could be a pretty stream and a great amenity to the village is treated much like a ditch for most of its 1 mile length until it becomes Burwell Lode. Nevertheless the brook shows several distinct stages. Below the spring is a watercress bed: the watercress here flowers but appears to set no seed, so it is a Nasturtium x sterile, cross between the two types of watercress, Nasturtium officinale and Nasturtium microphyllum.
In autumn 2016 the brook was 'ditched' where it runs through farmland. This was unnecessary as it had been ditched a couple of years earlier and the vegetation was only just recovering. However this section of the stream was the site of an apparently large water vole colony which I have photographed. This ditch-work put paid to the water voles, which are a protected species. However the vegetation did not take very long to recover.
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