Roman River

This partnership project is supported by Essex Wildlife Trust, The Environment Trust, Natural England and the Defence Estates who own and manage the land.

The Roman River, like many within the south east, has become degraded by inappropriate management, sedimentation and the impact of non-native invasive species. In some areas the free access of livestock on the flood plain has resulted in extreme poaching of the banks and over widening of the channel thus increasing the free movement of sediment into the stream further.

In order to allow the banks to recover, reduce siltation and increase habitat for such species as Water Vole and the rare beautiful demoiselle, Essex Wildlife Trust applied for funding from a regional Environment Agency Grant designed to address water quality issues. The project involve fencing a 700 metre length of a particularly degraded reach to prevent damaging levels of poaching cattle and allow the channel to recover.

Limited poaching can be beneficial to some species so only one bank was to be fenced with the work originally planned for October/November 2012. Unfortunately, extensive flooding that winter prevented access to the site so the work had to be postponed until the following year. The project will now be monitored to assess the effect on channel morphology and key species to inform decisions about any similar proposals in the future.  


Roman River

WFD water body status


Funding source

Environment Agency

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