Essex Rivers Hub

The bankside habitat is a mixture of woodland one side and pasture, arable land and woodland on the other side. There are more features present in the channel than areas downstream.

At the time of the survey horses were being grazed in the pasture areas.

The area (land use)

The dominant land use for this stretch of river is 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 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

Moorhens and male brimestone butterfly were seen during surveying.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Mardyke

Date completed

May-13

Upstream Grid ref

TQ6087880867

Downstream Grid ref

TQ6041880538

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