River Chelmer

This section runs to the east of Great Dunmow and flows through grazing land bordered by urban and suburban areas.

The area (land use)

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

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 sluggish and the channel was 2-5m / 5-10m wide and in depth.

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

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


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 present at the time of the survey.


Evidence of otter spraints and Muntjac deer were recorded at the time of the survey.

Additional comments

The river channel is a mix of gravel, pebbles, sand, and silt with some in-channel plants. Dogs are entering the channel in areas of grassland which are popular as amenity areas.


River Chelmer

Date completed

Spring 2013

Upstream Grid ref (red marker)


Downstream Grid ref (green marker)


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