Essex Rivers Hub

Improve wet grassland area upstream of Squadrons Approach

Presently these meadows are biologically poor and lie fairly wet. This area could be improved by removing a thin layer of soil across the site to allow a more substantial wetland area to develop and the soil removed could be used to create a bund to keep the water in and prevent the nearby footpath from flooding.

Also when water levels are high in the main channel then water could be fed into the created wetland area via an existing ditch below the footpath.

In addition to this the wetland at the edge of the woodland and scrub to the west could be opened up and improved and could be used as an education area for the new visitor centre.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Ingrebourne

WFD water body status

Moderate

WFD overall status objective

To achieve good ecological status

Project type

Habitat Creation

Benefiting species and/or habitats

Improving the wetland area will improve the potential biodiversity of the area. It could also help improve localised drainage problems Improving the wetland near the woodland and the scrub area will also improve the biodiversity of the area.

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