Essex Rivers Hub

This stretch of the Colne Valley consists of a relatively unmodified stretch of river winding through pasture land predominantly used for sheep grazing. Cricket bat willow plantation is a common feature along this part of the river, with some arable land in the downstream part of the section.

The area (land use)

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

Sheep were the main livestock recorded.

Channel characteristics

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

At the time of recording the flow of water was Array and the channel was Array wide and Array in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep/vertical undercut.

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


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

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


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


Evidence of otters and water voles were seen along this stretch, and a kingfisher was also sighted during the surveys. A number of other birds including skylark were also recorded along the river corridor at the time of the survey.

Additional comments

The river channel here is known to be quite overgrown through the summer and water levels at the time of the walkover survey were extremely low for this river at this time of year - usually this river is 0.5 - 1m deep. 


River Colne

Date completed

Spring 2013

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