Essex Rivers Hub

The buffer strips (a strip of land usually between arable land and the channel) are not very wide so they are not as effective at reducing the soil and chemicals that are entering the channel as they could be. Ideally buffer strips should be 6m in width and managed appropriately to ensure they act as an effective barrier preventing contamination from managed land.

Increased tree planting along the banks would help to create more shading of the channel, which can help to increase oxygen levels in the water during hot weather.

Installing woody debris into the channel will create habitats and help create a more natural structure to the channel over time.


River Blackwater

WFD water body status


WFD overall status objective

To achieve Good ecological status by 2027

Project type

Habitat creation, water quality

Benefiting species and/or habitats

Creation of in channel habitats, increasing shading to reduce fatalities of fish and other species in hot weather and improving bankside habitats and increasing water quality by reducing the impact of over land runoff.

Total area surveyed

All accessible areas of the Blackwater

Contact for more information

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Funding source

None at present

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