Essex Rivers Hub

Description of Section

An urbanised section of river characterised by concrete reinforced banks. Vegetation is only able to grown between cracks in the concrete, which limits the potential for vegetation along the banks. There are lots of pipes and runoff point so urban drainage will be having a significant impact on the water quality.

The area (land use)

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

No livestock were recorded.

Channel characteristics

The river channel consists of mainly unknown, 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 sided upstream but become shallow..

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:

Small amounts of in-channel algae was seen during the survey and suspected sewage fungus in some of the runoff from pipes (likely related to poor plumbing in the area and other runoff from roads, etc). Where there is vegetation it largely consists of grass, willow herb and Elder. Himalayan Balsam was seen in small amounts.

Wildlife

Common urban species such as Crows, Wood Pigeons, Mallards, Robins and Grey Wagtails were seen during the surveys

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Crouch

Date completed

May-14

Upstream Grid ref

TQ7431193316

Downstream Grid ref

TQ7477993629

Website key stakeholders:

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Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting based on an original concept by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust