Essex Rivers Hub

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.

The area (land use)

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

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.


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.

Additional Information

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.


During the survey Meadow Pipet and Pheasants were seen or heard.



River Crouch

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