Essex Rivers Hub

The surrounding land is arable fields. The channel becomes less straightened and more natural further upstream and there are buffer strips of vegetation on both banks separating the arable land from the channel. At the time of the survey the buffer strips consisted of a variable mix of herbs.

The area (land use)

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

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 steep.

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

Mallards were seen during the survey.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Mardyke

Date completed

May-13

Upstream Grid ref

TQ6178884922

Downstream Grid ref

TQ6200783582

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