Essex Rivers Hub

Reducing reinforcement to create natural banks

The banks are currently concrete reinforced preventing the development of inchannel habitats as few plants can grow in these conditions. This limits the number of fish and invertebrates that can be found here.

Reducing the areas of reinforcement, where possible, would allow natural features to develop such as pools, riffles, inchannel and marginal plants. This would increase biodiversity dramatically and create a more aesthetically pleasing river.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Roach Catchment

WFD water body status

Moderate

WFD overall status objective

To achieve Good ecological status by 2027

Project type

Habitat improvement, morphology

Benefiting species and/or habitats

Creating inchannel habitats that do not currently exist. This will allow increases in fish and invertebrate populations.

Total area covered by project

From Belfairs Park to Victoria Avenue

Total area surveyed

The whole of the catchement that was accessible

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