Essex Rivers Hub

Currently the banks are covered in dense scrub and trees which is causing the channel to become very shaded. This reduces the potential for in-channel vegetation to develop and also makes access to the bank edge almost impossible. The banks are also concrete reinforced which prevents interactions between bankside and in channel habitats.

Some scrub removal and coppicing of some large trees would allow areas of the bank to be opened up, creating better public access and enabling in-channel vegetation to develop. Removal of the concrete reinforcement will also help with the development of marginal vegetation which will create better habitats for a variety of species.

Once access to the banks improves, local people would be able to use this area more and this will create opportunities to educate people on the river environment and their own impacts on it, how they can get involved in improving their local river and creating recreation areas with wildlife in mind including a nearby park close to the river bank which could incorporate a wildlife garden area.

Please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions regarding this project idea.


River Mardyke

WFD water body status


WFD overall status objective

To achieve Good ecological status by 2027

Project type

Habitat Creation/Structural

Benefiting species and/or habitats

Create more variety of habitats from scrub to unshaded banks and in channel habitats. This will hopefully help to encourage species such as mayflies and dragonflies as well as being great habitats for a variety of birds and mammals.

Total area surveyed

Whole Mardyke Valley

Project lead

Essex Wildlife Trust

Contact for more information

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Project partners

Essex Wildlife Trust, Essex Biodiversity Project and the Environment Agency

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