Essex Rivers Hub

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.

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 unknown, 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.

Engineering

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.

Condition

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

 Additional Information

The area was open with little shading.

Wildlife

During the survey the following was seen or heard: Greenfinch, Little Egret, Magpie, Goldfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Dunnock, Wood Pigeon, House Sparrow, Collared Dove, Sparrow, Blackbird, Grey Heron, Great Tit, Song Thrush, Sky Lark, Grey Wagtail.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Crouch

Date completed

Nov-13

Upstream Grid ref

TQ6807890234

Downstream Grid ref

TQ6846591139

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