Essex Rivers Hub

Colne; Broom House

This stretch of river flows through grazing pastures with sheep and some arable land.

The area (land use)

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

Sheep were the main livestock recorded.

Channel characteristics

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

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

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

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

Engineering

The channel has not been straightened and man-made enhancements are absent along this stretch of river.

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

Condition

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

Wildlife

Evidence of Great Tit, Skylark, Chiffchaff, Heron and otter prints were recorded at the time of the survey.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Colne

Date completed

Spring 2013

Upstream Grid ref

TL9013827385

Downstream Grid ref

TL9054227405

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