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Congresbury Yeo
River
Country England
County Somerset
Cities Ubley, Congresbury, Wrington, Iwood
Landmark Blagdon Lake
Source Compton Martin Duck Pond
 - location Compton Martin, Somerset, England
 - coordinates 51°18′38″N 2°39′12″W / 51.31056°N 2.65333°W / 51.31056; -2.65333
Mouth Severn Estuary
 - location Kingston Seymour, Somerset, England
 - elevation ft (0 m)
 - coordinates 51°23′43″N 2°54′39″W / 51.39528°N 2.91083°W / 51.39528; -2.91083

The River Yeo (often referred to as the Congresbury Yeo, after the village of Congresbury, through which it flows, to avoid confusion with other similarly-named rivers) is a river which flows through North Somerset, England.

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River course

The river rises in the centre of Compton Martin village, in the district of Bath and North East Somerset, as a spring which feeds the village duckpond. From there it flows past the village of Ubley and enters Blagdon Lake, which was created in the 1890s by damming the river, just north of the village of Blagdon. From the lake the river flows south of Wrington and Iwood, where there was once one of several watermills along the river. It then flows around the northern outskirts of Congresbury, and crosses Congresbury Moor roughly parallel to the A370 road, past the site of a Roman villa. It then crosses under the M5 motorway and empties into the Severn Estuary in Clevedon Bay, downstream from Clevedon and west of the village of Kingston Seymour.

Close to the mouth on the Severn Estuary on land owned by Environment Agency and leased by the Avon Wildlife Trust are Blake's Pools which were dug between 1983 and 1987 to attract wildlife. It forms part of the Severn Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Protection Area and Ramsar site.[1]

Waterfall on the Yeo, south west of Wrington

Flood prevention and conservation

The river falls within the area of the West Mendip Internal Drainage Board, which has a range of policies and guidance about flood prevention and conservation in the area.

References

  1. ^ "Blake's Pools". Reserves. Avon Wildlife Trust. http://www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/level1/reserves/blakes_pools.htm. Retrieved 2008-06-01.  

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