River Mardyke

To work with Thurrock Counci and the tenent grazier to look at the current management of the grazed area and address any problems that are impacting on the grassland and aquatic communities.

275x Trampled bank caused by horses grazed here

Trampled bank caused by the horses grazed here.

In order to establish the best grazing regime for this area the current management plan should be reviewed to ensure that the current grazing levels are still suitable for this site. It would also be beneficial to fence areas so the horses can be moved around the site and not allow to graze the whole area at all times and removing them over winter.

This will help to develop better grassland and marginal bankside plants to develop and reduce certain plants such as ragwort from dominating. This may also help reduce the trampling of the banks, which is causing silt to enter the channel and reducing the plant communities that can develop along the bank.

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River Mardyke

WFD water body status


WFD overall status objective

To achieve Good ecological status by 2027

Project type

Habitat improvement

Benefiting species and/or habitats

Improved vegetation will result in increased biodiversity. Reduction in silt levels will help improve breeding success for fish and aquatic invertebrates.

Total area surveyed

Mardyke Valley

Project lead

Essex Wildlife Trust

Contact for more information

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Project partners

South Essex Catchment Partnership

Funding source

None at present

Website key stakeholders:

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