Essex Rivers Hub

The surrounding land consists of arable fields and paddocks. There was good vegetation along both banks at the time of the survey.

There was some shading from bankside trees and scrub, with good margin plants and some in channel vegetation at the time of the survey.

The area (land use)

The dominant land use for this stretch of river is arable, pasture and woodland.

Horses were the main livestock 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 ranges from steep to 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.

 Wildlife

Kingfishers were seen as were deer footprints - possibly muntjac.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Mardyke

Date completed

May-13

Upstream Grid ref

TQ6170682204

Downstream Grid ref

TQ6087880867

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