River Chelmer

This section of river runs under Essex Regiment Way to the north and flows through grassland habitat in the upstream section to more arable land downstream. Woodland and scrubby areas are also present in this section of river, although woody debris in the channel was rare.

The area (land use)

The dominant land use for this stretch of river is scrub.

No livestock were recorded.

Channel characteristics

The river channel consists of mainly silt, and riffles are present.

At the time of recording the flow of water was sluggish and the channel was 1-2m / 2-5m wide and 0.5-1m / 1-2m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is variable.

Bankside trees were frequent, marginal plants and in-channel plants are frequent. Woody debris was noted to be rare.


The channel has not been straightened and man-made enhancements are absent along this stretch of river.

Field drains were recorded as present and barriers / culverts are present.


Areas of trampling / poaching were absent and areas of erosion were absent at the time of the survey.



River Chelmer

Date completed


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Downstream Grid ref (green marker)


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