Essex Rivers Hub

Watt Wood, improvement to bankside habitats

Work with landowners to improve area on south bank. They already work extensively on improving the woodland for wildlife so the hope is to continue this good work to incorporate the river habitat to  increase the biodiversity of the area.

South bank area includes an area of scrub, a woodland and an amenity grassland area. Improvements could include reprofiling channel allowing better connection to surrounding area, allowing a wet woodland to establish, changes in mowing regimes or introducing "buffer strips". The woodland is owned/used by a scout group so there is scope for improving the wood for their benefit and public engagement opportunities.

Please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions regarding this project idea.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Mardyke

WFD water body status

Poor

WFD overall status objective

To achieveGood ecological status by 2027

Project type

habitat improvement

Benefiting species and/or habitats

Create better margin habitats, improve connectivity between the channel and the bank and reduce any impact run off may be having in this area. Continue the current work done by the Scout Group to improve the wildlife potential for this area.

Total area surveyed

Mardyke valley

Project lead

Essex Wildlife Trust

Contact for more information

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Project partners

Essex Wildlife Trust, Essex Biodiversity Project and the 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