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River Crouch walkovers

This map shows the completed walkovers for the River Crouch. Hover over a marker to see a summary of the walkover, click on the marker to see the full walkover details.

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1. River Crouch; Dunton Road, Gt. Burstead

Description of Section

Surrounding land was managed grassland with some urban drainage from surrounding housing. The river has been straightened and a culvert at the beginning of this stretch was heavily blocked by rubbish. The water was brown at the time of the survey suggesting there was a lot of silt in the water which had been made worse by recent heavy rain. The area was open with little shading from trees or scrub. Read more...

10. River Crouch; Allotments

Description of Section

Both banks are more natural than upstream sections with less management and tussocky grass. A footpath follows a natural trail sponsored by Basildon Council. There is an allotment next to the footpath and a small area near to the main road is fenced and used to graze ponies. The ponies have caused the banks to become trampled in places and created areas of overland run off. Read more...

11. River Crouch; Wickford Town Centre

Description of Section

An urbanised section of river characterised by concrete reinforced banks. Vegetation is only able to grown between cracks in the concrete, which limits the potential for vegetation along the banks. There are lots of pipes and runoff point so urban drainage will be having a significant impact on the water quality. Read more...

12. River Crouch; Runwell, Wickford

Description of Section

Natural banks with lots of vegetation, which consists of a mixture of herbs, trees and scrub. The bed is gravelly with some silt which builds up around obstacles such as trolleys so fly tipping is a problem here but the local group, The River Crouch Conservation Trust, works hard to keep this section of the channel free of debris. The banks are very shaded with lots of mature trees. Read more...

13. River Crouch; Wickford Memorial Park

Description of Section

The channel is featureless with bare banks and heavily trampled by dogs. The bank edge is shaded by mature trees and scrub, the channel is very shaded which may limit bank and channel vegetation in spring and summer. Read more...

14. River Crouch; Beauchamps Drive

Description of Section

The river is featureless with eroded banks and becomes heavily shaded after the football pitches. The banks are dominated by Himalayan Balsam and at the time of the survey the plants had completely died back leaving bare banks that were vulnerable to erosion. Read more...

2. River Crouch; Noaks Hill Rd, Gt. Burstead

Description of Section:

Surrounding land is arable fields but the river banks are heavily wooded, which means that the channel is heavily shaded, however these strips are not significantly wide. The main vegetatation along the banks is hawthorn, blackthorn, ash and oak. Read more...

3. River Crouch; Barleylands Road

Description of Section

Surrounding land is arable and grassland with very overgrown, shaded banks consisting of mainly hawthorn and blackthorn. Riffles present along most of the stretch. Arable plants planted quite close to the bank edge. Channel appears straightened in places.  Read more...

4. River Crouch; Southend Road

Description of Section

The surrounding land is mainly amenity grassland including a car park, football pitches and an area used for car boot sales. There is also an area of hard standing where machinery is stored. Arable fields are close by but not directly next to the channel. The channel is shaded by bankside trees and scrub on one side but there is little vegetation present on the opposite bank. Read more...

5. River Crouch; Crays Hill

Description of Section

The river here is very natural with meanders and surrounded by arable fields and a meadow. The banks are shaded by trees and scrub. There is small erosion of banks creating steep bare banks. Read more...

6. River Crouch; Church Lane, Ramsdem Bellhouse

Description of Section

Area is very difficult to access due to being heavily overgrown, mainly with Blackthorn. This has resulted in shaded banks and little vegetation a part from Blackthorn. There is a lot of woody debris present in the channel. There are also some offices situated on one bank and there is potential drainage issues into the channel from here. Read more...

7. River Crouch; Church Road, Ramsden Bellhouse

Description of Section

Meandering river with some riffles and a wetland/pond area near the bank upstream. The banks are shaded by trees and scrub but downstream one side becomes more open and there is some housing here. Read more...

8. River Crouch; Castledon Road

Description of Section

The beginning of this stretch began in arable land, with thick hedges along the back, creating a lot of shading. This leads to a footpath area with natural, more open banks with good vegetation and housing on the opposite bank. The banks near to the housing consist of amenity grassland. There are reed beds in the channel. Read more...

9. River Crouch; Riverside Walk

Description of Section

One side of the bank is a footpath area with natural banks and is designated as a Local Wildlife Site; this is then bordered by arable land. On the opposite bank is housing and amenity grassland with very short grass and little vegetation along the banks. This area is very open with little shading as bankside trees and scrub are very rare. Read more...

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