Essex Rivers Hub

Description of Section

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 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.

Engineering

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.

Condition

Areas of trampling / poaching were Array and areas of erosion were Array 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.

Wildlife

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

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Crouch

Date completed

Nov-13

Upstream Grid ref

TQ6927091741

Downstream Grid ref

TQ7015691892

Website key stakeholders:

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