Essex Rivers Hub

Description of Section

Meandering river with some riffles and a wetland/pond area near the bank upstream. The banks are shaded by trees and scrub but downstream one side becomes more open and there is some housing here.

The area (land use)

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

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 2-5m wide and <0.5m / 0.5-1m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

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

Engineering

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.

Condition

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

 Additional Information

The banks are very steep in places resulting in them becoming vertically undercut in some instances. Water was brown in colour which could signify that the silt content was high.

Wildlife

During the survey Mallards, Carrion Crows and a Little Egret were seen.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Crouch

Date completed

Nov-13

Upstream Grid ref

TQ7144493200

Downstream Grid ref

TQ7220593298

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