Essex Rivers Hub

This stretch of river flows through the Roman River Valley nature reserve, owned by Essex Wildlife Trust, and borders Chest Wood to the south. The stretch is characterised by grazing pasture along the north bank and woodland along the south bank.

The area (land use)

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

No livestock were recorded.

Channel characteristics

The river channel consists of mainly gravel, 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.


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.


Areas of trampling / poaching were Array and areas of erosion were Array at the time of the survey.


A Kingfisher was sighted and mammal runs and deer slots were recorded at the time of the survey.

Additional comments

Local recorders reported the presence of sewage fungus along this stretch of river, although no evidence of this was seen at the time of the survey.



Roman River

Date completed

Spring 2013

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