Essex Rivers Hub

Description of Section

One side of the bank is a footpath area with natural banks and is designated as a Local Wildlife Site; this is then bordered by arable land. On the opposite bank is housing and amenity grassland with very short grass and little vegetation along the banks. This area is very open with little shading as bankside trees and scrub are very rare.

The area (land use)

The dominant land use for this stretch of river is recreational grassland.

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 in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

Bankside trees were rare, marginal plants and in-channel plants are frequent. 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 Comments

Water was brown in colour which could signify that the silt content was high but this could have been affected by recent rain.

Wildlife

A Little Egret was seen during the survey.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Crouch

Date completed

Nov-13

Upstream Grid ref

TQ7360893747

Downstream Grid ref

TQ7403293741

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