River Crouch

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 present.

At the time of recording the flow of water was fast and the channel was 1-2m wide and in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

Bankside trees were dominant, marginal plants and in-channel plants are occasional. Woody debris was noted to be occasional.


The channel has not been straightened and man-made enhancements are present along this stretch of river.

Field drains were recorded as absent and barriers / culverts are absent.


Areas of trampling / poaching were absent and areas of erosion were absent 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 Pipit and Pheasants were seen or heard.



River Crouch

Date completed


Upstream Grid ref (red marker)


Downstream Grid ref (green marker)


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