Essex Rivers Hub

Description of Section

The beginning of this stretch began in arable land, with thick hedges along the back, creating a lot of shading. This leads to a footpath area with natural, more open banks with good vegetation and housing on the opposite bank. The banks near to the housing consist of amenity grassland. There are reed beds in the channel.

The area (land use)

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

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 <0.5m 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.

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 at the time of the survey.

 Additional Information

A local resident said that a ditch at the beginning of this stretch, within the arable land, flows into the river and often becomes polluted (probably from local housing), the Environment Agency has been informed about this issues. There were no visible problems at the time of the survey. The water was brown in colour which could indicate that the silt content was high but this could have been affected by recent rain.

Wildlife

During the survey signs of Badgers were seen as well as a Mallard in the channel.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Crouch

Date completed

Nov-13

Upstream Grid ref

TQ7324993640

Downstream Grid ref

TQ7360893747

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