River Crouch

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. 

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 gravel, and riffles are present.

At the time of recording the flow of water was medium 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 frequent. Woody debris was noted to be rare.


The channel has been straightened and man-made enhancements are present along this stretch of river.

Field drains were recorded as present 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

Water was brown in  colour which could signify That the silt content was high but could have been affected by recent rain.


Birds seen or heard during the survey: Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jay, Woodpigeon, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mistle Thrush, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Skylark, Green Woodpecker, Blackbird, Robin, Blue Tit, Pheasant, House Sparrow, Starling, Wren.



River Crouch

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