Essex Rivers Hub

Running from Felsted in the upstream section to Hartford End in the south, this section of river is characterised by arable land running adjacent to the channel, buffered by thin strips of grassland in places.

The area (land use)

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

No livestock were recorded.

Channel characteristics

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

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

For most of this stretch the channel profile is flat/shallow.

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

Engineering

The channel has not been straightened and man-made enhancements are present in the upstream section only along this stretch of river.

Field drains were recorded as present and barriers / culverts are Present in the upstream section only.

Condition

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

Wildlife

Kingfishers were seen along this stretch during the walkover surveys.

Additional Comments

Although trees were rare along this stretch of river there was evidence of tree planting alongside the channel in places, predominantly cricket bat willows. Although no livestock was recorded there was evidence of trampling and erosion in places.

 

 

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Chelmer

Date completed

Spring 2013

Upstream Grid ref

TL6685320161

Downstream Grid ref

TL6871417316

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