Essex Rivers Hub

This stretch of river flows through grazing pasture, grazed by sheep.

The area (land use)

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

No livestock were 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 Greenfinch, Kestrel, Otter footprints, Skylark and Little Egret were recorded at the time of the survey.

Additional comments

The channel is quite overgrown throughout the summer; the water level is extremely low for the time of year - usually 0.5-1.0m in depth. There are eroded areas along the bank, possibly created by sheep using the river but no excessive poaching is visible at present.


River Colne

Date completed

Spring 2013

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