Essex Rivers Hub

Upstream the channel is straightened and reinforced in places where in flows through the urban area surrounded by amenity grassland. Further downstream the surrounding land changes to grassland and arable fields and the channel becomes wider with better vegetated banks.

The area (land use)

The dominant land use for this stretch of river is arable and suburban/urban.

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 flat on the whole but there are areas of.

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.


None seen during the survey.

Additional Information

Urban runoff will be impacting on the water quality in this area and possible runoff from arable land also as the buffer strips between the field and channel are not extensive.

Through this section the channel is very uniform with very few natural features present. There is also a weir which could be a barrier to fish movement.


River Blackwater

Date completed


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