Essex Rivers Hub

The roman River flows through predominantly rural, arable land at source, although a small area of woodland is present upstream. This section meets the Essex Way south of Great Tey at the downstream end.

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 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.

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.

 Additional comments

This section shows evidence of having been reinforced in places, but debris from old structures in the channel are now collapsing and causing a barrier to flow in places. Potential issues with overland run off were also recorded along this stretch, as was evidence of previous fires that could be a source of phosphates leaching into the channel.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

Roman River

Date completed

May-12

Upstream Grid ref

TL8659625162

Downstream Grid ref

TL8891625229

Website key stakeholders:

Environment Agency logo      Essex Wildlife Trust logo           

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting based on an original concept by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust