Environmental management – research and analysis

River habitat survey guidance manual

Guidance to complete river habitat surveys (RHS), which is a method to assess streams and rivers.



River habitat survey (RHS) is a method designed to characterise and assess, in broad terms, the physical structure of freshwater streams and rivers.

This document explains how to do the survey. It includes pictures to help, which means the file size is large and may be slow to download.

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To order a hard copy of this publication, please email our mailing house environmentagency@prolog.co.uk with your name, address, publication title (“River Habitat Survey field survey guidance manual”), reference (“LIT 1758”) and quantity.

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