Essex Rivers Hub

Davy Down is a Country Park that is situated, in part, on the bank of the Mardyke just upstream from the viaduct. This area offers a variety of habitats and is popular with local residents.

 Although this area is already great for wildlife there is potential to create more habitat areas within the Mardyke itself. This could be achieved by introducing meanders and reprofiling other areas of the channel to create a range of riparian habitats including creation of off channel pools and scrapes.

Also planting and improving surrounding vegetation, changing mowing regimes, etc. where improvements to in-channel and bankside habitats will benefit. This work would also require engage with local people to provide information on the reasons why the work is necessary, and it is also an opportunity to educate local people on their impact on the water environment (misconnections etc).

It would also be beneficial to secure funding for an education person to be based here to work with local schools and aid the current warden with the management and promotion of this site.

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/education

Benefiting species and/or habitats

Improving in-channel and bankside habitats. Educating local people on their potential impacts to the river habitat so they can work to reduce this and improve the area.

Project lead

Essex Wildlife Trust

Contact for more information

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Project partners

Essex Wildife 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