Essex Rivers Hub

A meandering stretch of river in between two road bridges to the south of the Essex Way at Fordham. This is a relatively well wooded section, adjacent to rough grassland alongside the channel.

The area (land use)

The dominant land use for this stretch of river is rough grassland.

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.

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.


Water voles and otters are known to be present along this stretch and kingfishers have also been sighted here.

Additional comments

A nice stretch of river, but showing signs of trampling and erosion along the banks in places.

Bankside erosion along the River Colne, Fordham


River Colne

Date completed


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