River Chelmer

This stretch of river flows from Thaxted to the north to the village of Monk Street further south. This is a rural area, and the surrounding land use is predominantly arable, with occasional areas of woodland or pasture.

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 fast and the channel was 2-5m wide and 0.5-1m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

Bankside trees were frequent, marginal plants and in-channel plants are occasional. 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 absent.


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

Additional comments

This is generally a nice stretch of river, with wide buffer strips in places. However, there is some bank erosion in places where the fast flowing river has undercut the channel. In parts of this stretch the water was murky at the time of survey, probably due to recent heavy rainfall. An orange tinge to the water was also noted in places.




River Chelmer

Date completed

Spring 2013

Upstream Grid ref (red marker)


Downstream Grid ref (green marker)


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