Essex Rivers Hub

River Colne; Fordham to West Bergholt

This is a very rural section of river that meanders through predominantly arable fields, with some grazing pasture in the upstream section.

The area (land use)

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

No livestock were recorded.

Channel characteristics

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

At the time of recording the flow of water was sluggish and the channel was 2--5m wide and 1-2m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

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

Engineering

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

Field drains were recorded as present 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

None seen during the survey

Additional Comments

A generally nice stretch of river with some poaching in grazed areas although some areas are protected by fencing. The channel is generally unmodified with the exception of reinforced  areas around bridges.

River Colne, Cooks Mill area

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Colne

Date completed

May 2012

Upstream Grid ref

TL9293127082

Downstream Grid ref

TL9485326800

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