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.

Horses were the main livestock recorded.

Channel characteristics

The river channel consists of mainly silt, and riffles are present in the upstream section only.

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

For most of this stretch the channel profile is ranges from steep to shallow.

Bankside trees were frequent, marginal plants and in-channel plants are occasional. Woody debris was noted to be rare.

Engineering

The channel has been straightened and man-made enhancements are present along this stretch of river.

Field drains were recorded as present and barriers / culverts are present.

Condition

Areas of trampling / poaching were present in the upstream section only and areas of erosion were absent 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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