Essex Rivers Hub

Blackwater; White Barn, Feering

Natural section with in-channel features such as woody debris, silt banks and aquatic vegetation which creates diverse habitats.

The area (land use)

The dominant land use for this stretch of river is pasture.

Horses were the main livestock recorded.

Channel characteristics

The river channel consists of mainly silt, and riffles are present.

At the time of recording the flow of water was medium and the channel was 2--5m wide and <0.5m / 0.5-1m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep but flat or shallow in places.

Bankside trees were rare, marginal plants and in-channel plants are rare. Woody debris was noted to be frequent.

Engineering

The channel has been straightened and man-made enhancements are absent along this stretch of river.

Field drains were recorded as absent and barriers / culverts are absent.

Condition

Areas of trampling / poaching were present and areas of erosion were absent at the time of the survey.

Wildlife

The following was seen or heard during the survey: Buzzards, Robins, Chiff Chaff, Blackbird, Green Woodpecker, Willow Warbler, Mallard, Badger signs and unknown species of bee

Additional Information

Little bankside vegetation was present during the survey and few bankside trees are found along this stretch.

Areas of the bank are being trampled, possibly by grazing cattle and the channel has been deepened in the past and possibly straightened.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Blackwater

Date completed

April 2014

Upstream Grid ref

TL8632520829

Downstream Grid ref

TL8671220286

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