Essex Rivers Hub

This land is owned by Thurrock Council but a tenant grazier grazes his horses here. The area has little bankside vegetation, and the banks are heavily trampled, causing collapsed banks in some areas.

At the time of the survey there were bundles stored on the banks and were suspected to be rubbish from a landfill site and a possible source of contamination.

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 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 variable.

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

Cormorants, heron, kingfishers, moorhens, green woodpeckers and mallards where seen during the survey and a cuckoo was heard nearby.

Additional comments

A small patch of Japanese Knotweed was found in this area.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Mardyke

Date completed

May-13

Upstream Grid ref

TQ5618579089

Downstream Grid ref

TQ5545179026

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