Essex Rivers Hub

Improve buffer strips and create wetland habitat

The channel runs through a strip of managed grassland between houses and then extends into arable fields. There is also an area not being farmed that could be used to create off channel ponds, tree planting etc.

We would like to determine how the area between the housing is managed and how this can be improved to benefit the river environment.

In the arable land, widening and improving the buffer strips along the bank of the Crouch would help to improve this area for wildlife and reduce arable runoff so less silt, fertilisers and pesticides would enter the channel.

There is an area which is not currently used for crops and this area could be changed to include off channel ponds and planting of trees to help with water storage and improve biodiversity.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Crouch

WFD water body status

Moderate

WFD overall status objective

To achieve Good ecological status by 2027

Project type

Habitat creation

Benefiting species and/or habitats

Improvement of bankside habitat and reduce land runoff.

Project lead

Jane Herbert

Contact for more information

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Project partners

Essex Wildlife Trust, Essex Biodiversity Project, Environment Agency

Funding source

None at present

Website key stakeholders:

Environment Agency logo      Essex Wildlife Trust logo            Essex Biodiversity Project logo

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting based on an original concept by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust