Loud catchment

The Loud is a sub-catchment of the Hodder.  The River Loud starts out on Parlick and meanders mainly through the parish of Chipping, collecting Chipping Brook from Chipping to the north, before joining the River Hodder near Doeford Bridge.  The Loud is a unique catchment in that during its geological history, the lower reaches of the Loud once carried waters of the River Hodder away from the River Ribble and into the River Wyre or Savick Brook.  Tackling diffuse pollution from agriculture is probably the main challenge facing this area.  Pressure from livestock farming, particularly the storage and spreading of slurries and manures from dairy farming contributes to increased levels of nitrate and phosphate that impact on the river's ecology. Livestock access to streams causing bankside erosion is a problem in places. This has been tackled in some parts of the River Loud by fencing off the river bank.