Essex Rivers Hub

A thin overgrown channel which runs though a SSSI.

The area (land use)

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

No livestock were recorded.

Channel characteristics

The river channel consists of mainly silt, 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 flat.

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.

Wildlife

Willow, reeds, brambles and nettles are present here, some of which are chocking the channel. Between the tight banks reed and other emergent plants greatly increase the silt deposit and congest the river. Flooding which used to be infrequent is now so regular it prevents cattle being put on the marsh.

Additional Information

Grazing and poaching is present. Buffer strips of up to 100m are present in some places along this channel

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Ingrebourne

Date completed

21-30/04/14

Upstream Grid ref

TQ5279082960

Downstream Grid ref

TQ5347083710

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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