River Crouch

Area is very difficult to access due to being heavily overgrown, mainly with Blackthorn. This has resulted in shaded banks and little vegetation a part from Blackthorn. There is a lot of woody debris present in the channel. There are also some offices situated on one bank and there is potential drainage issues into the channel from here.

The area (land use)

The dominant land use for this stretch of river is scrub.

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 slow and the channel was 1-2m wide and in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

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


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 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. A small patch of Himalayan Balsam was found here. There is some reinforcement along the bank near the offices.


Pheasants and Wood Pigeons were seen during the survey.


River Crouch

Date completed


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