Essex Rivers Hub

This sectrion of river follows the railway line with housing on the west and grazing on the east.

The area (land use)

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

Horses were the main livestock recorded.

Channel characteristics

The river channel consists of mainly gravel, and riffles are present.

At the time of recording the flow of water was variable and the channel was 2-5m wide and 0.5-1m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep .

Bankside trees were abundant, marginal plants and in-channel plants are abundant. Woody debris was noted to be dominant.

Engineering

The channel has not been straightened and man-made enhancements are present in the downstream section only 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 absent at the time of the survey.

Additional Comments

The horses that are grazed on this section of river are separated from the bank by electrial fencing and should therefore not have a negative impact on the river. Himalayan balsam was also noted on this section of river.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Ingrebourne

Date completed

31/08/2014

Upstream Grid ref

TQ5558091220

Downstream Grid ref

TQ5600091480

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