Essex Rivers Hub

This stretch has meanders upstream but not many other natural feature – generally featureless and uniform in structure.

The surrounding land mainly consists of a golf course with recent tree planting and some mature trees present also. Other land uses consist of rough grassland, scrub and Willow plantation.

The area (land use)

The dominant land use for this stretch of river is recreational grassland and suburban.

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 shallow upstream and becoming more flat .

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.


The following was seen or heard during the survey: Moorhen, King Fisher, Mallard, Kestrel.

Additional Information

There is little vegetation left unmanaged between surrounding land and the river channel. This may lead to overland runoff impacting on the water quality.

The water at the time of the survey was brown but this may have resulted from recent rainfall, however build-up of sediment was also found which could suggest there is high silt content in this section.



River Blackwater

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