Essex Rivers Hub

There are many ditches entering the channel in this area and the source of many of them is unknown. Some have been fenced allowing scrub and other plants to develop while others have not.

We would like to investigate the sources of the ditches to determine what potential impacts this tributaries could be having on the water quality of the Mardyke. Some of these ditches are likely to be transporting road run off which can have huge impacts on water quality at times. In these cases Sustainable drainage Systems (SuDS) in the form of ponds and swales could be introduced to allow the run off to flow through many natural processes allowing polluting substances to drop out before they enter the channel.

Where water quality is not a problem vegetation and drainage can be improved to help increase the habitat quality of the river bank.


River Mardyke

WFD water body status


WFD overall status objective

To achieve Good ecological status by 2027

Project type

SuDS, Habitat Creation

Benefiting species and/or habitats

Improving water quality will improve species numbers and variety. Improvinge habitat along the ditch network will allow habitats to connect throughout the river valley

Project lead

Jane Herbert

Contact for more information

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Project partners

Essex Wildlife Trust, Essex Biodiversity Project, 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