River Roach

In this location there are two ditches that are not attached to the main channel, possibly cut-off meanders. These ditches could be improved to allow vegetation to develop and become off-channel wetland habitats. These areas would also benefit from being fenced so they are protected from the impact walkers and dogs would have on the emerging vegetation allowing it to develop more effectively.

This would create additional habitat within the woodland and more areas for aquatic invertebrates to thrive.


River Roach

WFD water body status


WFD overall status objective

To achieve Good Ecological status by 2027

Project type

Habitat Creation

Benefiting species and/or habitats

To improve off channel habitats and improve the biodiversity of the whole area.

Total area covered by project

Belfairs Park

Total area surveyed

Whole of the Prittle Brook

Project lead

Essex Wildlife Trust

Contact for more information

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Funding source

None at present

Website key stakeholders:

Environment Agency logo      Essex Wildlife Trust logo           ESWT Logo 70

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