Essex Rivers Hub

Channel has widened and is straighter in this section compared to downstream. The surrounding land is woodland on the east bank and a fishing lake on the west bank so there was a large area on each bank of natural relatively undisturbed habitat. The ground was quite marshy in places too.

The area (land use)

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

Horses were the main livestock 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.


Mallard, Moorhen, Greater-spotted Woodpecker.

Additional Information

In some places the banks had been worn away creating vertical undercuts.


River Blackwater

Date completed


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