The River Avon has a high baseflow input from the chalk aquifer. In the upper reaches of the system, the rivers support outstanding chalk stream fisheries, and the surrounding land is mainly grazed or arable. In the lower reaches of the Avon, the river is known for its coarse fishery and the floodplain is of international importance for wintering wildfowl and waders. The river is highly valued throughout for its flora and fauna, and is the subject of a range of conservation, fishery and agricultural initiatives.
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