Essex Rivers Hub

There is a small area on the east bank that is being grazed by ponies but they are having quite a significant impact on the banks and surrounnding land.

 These ponies access the channel to drink, which has resulted in bank erosion and trampling. This could be reduced by fencing areas of the bank to limit the areas they can access. Also the field where they graze appeared to be becoming overgrazed so it would benefit the river to allow some bankside vegetation to develop. Again fencing would help with this if it was positioned a distance of a few metres from the waters edge.


River Crouch

WFD water body status


WFD overall status objective

To achieve Good ecological status by 2027

Project type

Improve bankside habitat

Benefiting species and/or habitats

Reduced trampling of the banks will improve the bankside habitats and create habitats that are currently missing.

Project lead

Jane Herbert

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