Essex Rivers Hub

Roman River; Copford Hall to Heckfordbridge

A shady, relatively narrow stretch of river with predominantly natural features, this stretch is bordered by by woodland on the north bank and grassland on the south.

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 pebbles, and riffles are present.

At the time of recording the flow of water was fast and the channel was 1-2m wide and 0.5-1m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

Bankside trees were dominant, 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 absent along this stretch of river.

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

Condition

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

 Additional comments

This section has problems with erosion and overland run off in places, but there is evidence of recent hedge planting that may address this in places.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

Roman River

Date completed

May 2012

Upstream Grid ref

TL9377122843

Downstream Grid ref

TL9463821799

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Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting based on an original concept by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust