A clough is the northern name given to a deep, steep sided, wooded valley – which usually has a stream or dry stream bed running through it.
The North West Of England is the home to many Cloughs – some beautifully clean – others not so
Cloughs often have great names that sound like characters from soap operas Gale Clough, Love Clough etc others have more mundane unassuming names such as Mere Clough, Bradley Clough, Longworth Clough – whilst a few are more evocatively named such has Boggart Hole Clough.
Over the next year or so – we intend to survey many of the Cloughs of Greater Manchester – take photos, conduct water quality samples, do invertebrate counts to assess overall health, and the record the cleanliness of the water which runs through them. Also look for opportunities to make improvements to water quality, and for locations for “slow the flow” opportunities as the narrow clough bottoms tend to lend themselves to being locations where water can be held back during periods of heavy rainfall to help prevent flooding in main river channels….
Here are a few pictures from Prestwich Clough taken in September 2016 – we will add more clough photos over the coming months