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Roman River projects

This map shows the current projects; potential, in progress and completed, for the Roman River. Hover over a number to see a project summary, click on the number to see the full project details.

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Himalayan Balsam Project

Himalayan Balsam

This is a partnership project. This project is supported by Essex Wildlife Trust, Local Wildlife Sites, Water for Wildlife and Biological Records Officers and Essex County Council and Colchester Natural History Society. Essex Water for Wildlife has been awarded £5000 as catchment host for this river and is a key partner in this LAG. Read more...

Project Topsoil - Layer Brook and Abberton Reservoir

Essex & Suffolk Water, who own and manage Abberton Reservoir, have noticed a rapid reduction in the abundance of submerged plant life in the reservoir close to where Layer Brook flows in. Investigations have so far failed to explain the loss of plant life but have identified an increased build-up of sediment from Layer Brook. Read more...

Roman River; Fencing Project

This partnership project is supported by Essex Wildlife Trust, The Environment Trust, Natural England and the Defence Estates who own and manage the land.

The Roman River River, like many within the south east,has become degraded by inappropriate management, sedimentation and the impact of non-native invasive species. In some areas the free access of livestock on the flood plain has resulted in extreme poaching of the banks and over widening of the channel thus increasing the free movement of sediment into the stream further.

In order to allow the banks to recover, reduce siltation and increase habitat for such species as water vole and the beautiful, rare demoiselle, Essex Wildlife Trust applied for funding from a regional Environment Agency Grant designed to address water quality issues. The project involve fencing a 700 metre length of a particularly degraded reach to prevent damaging levels of poaching cattle and allow the channel to recover.

Limited poaching can be beneficial to some species so only one bank was to be fenced with the work originally planned for October/November 2012. Unfortunately, extensive flooding that winter prevented access to the site so the work had to be postponed until the following year. The project will now be monitored to assess the effect on channel morphology and key species to inform decisions about any similar proposals in the future.  

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