River Crouch

The surrounding land is mainly amenity grassland including a car park, football pitches and an area used for car boot sales. There is also an area of hard standing where machinery is stored. Arable fields are close by but not directly next to the channel. The channel is shaded by bankside trees and scrub on one side but there is little vegetation present on the opposite bank.

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 in the downstream section only.

At the time of recording the flow of water was medium and the channel was 1-2m / 2-5m wide and in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

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


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

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


Areas of trampling / poaching were absent and areas of erosion were present in the downstream section only at the time of the survey.

Additional Information

Cut vegetation was found on sections of the bank. Water was brown in colour which could signify that the silt content was high but could have been affected by recent rain.


During the survey the following was seen or heard: Collared Dove, Herring Gull, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Goldfinch, Fieldfare, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit.


River Crouch

Date completed


Upstream Grid ref (red marker)


Downstream Grid ref (green marker)


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