Essex Rivers Hub

Change of management needed between Stifford Bridge to Heath Farm

This area is described as the Fields of Peace by local people and it is a pleasant area along the banks of the Mardyke and is surprisingly tranquil.

 The banks in early spring are a mixture of a wide variety of bankside vegetation which is great habitat for many different species, however the area is often mowed down to short grass from the footpath right to the water's edge. This is a great shame as this reduces suitable habitat available for a variety of bankside species and reduces the biodiversity of this area dramatically.

We would like to see the management of this area change so that the grass is only cut between late September and early March allowing the different plant communities to develop and seed over spring and summer and allowing them to return the following year.We needed to work with whoever manages this site to determine what is the best way forward for this area.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Mardyke

WFD water body status

Poor

WFD overall status objective

Good ecological status by 2027

Project type

Habitat improvement

Benefiting species and/or habitats

Improve biodiversity by allowing plant communities to grow and seed over the spring and some and create habitat for a variety of species.

Project lead

Essex Wildlife Trust

Contact for more information

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Project partners

Essex Biodiversity Project, The Environment Agency

Funding source

None at present

Website key stakeholders:

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