Essex Rivers Hub

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. 

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 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

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, Wood Pigeon, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mistle Thrush, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Sky Lark, Green Woodpecker, Blackbird, Robin, Blue Tit, Pheasant, House Sparrow, Starling, Wren.



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