Essex Rivers Hub

This is an area of pasture/grazing land; this changes to urban/suburban areas in the downstream section.

The area (land use)

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

Horses were the main livestock recorded.

Channel characteristics

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

At the time of recording the flow of water was slow and the channel was 5-10m wide and 1-2m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

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

Engineering

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

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

Condition

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

Wildlife

No wildlife recorded at time of survey.

Additional comments

There is a towpath running alongside the river, the river banks have been reinforced in places. The land is predominantly flat

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Chelmer

Date completed

Jun-13

Upstream Grid ref

TL7091808538

Downstream Grid ref

TL7114206949

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