River Chelmer

This stretch of river is variable in character, as the surrounding land use changes from the suburban land around Little Waltham to floodplain grassland with some arable areas in the downstream section. The channel itself is also variable in profile, but is generally unmodified in character although some man made structures are present.

The area (land use)

The dominant land use for this stretch of river is arable, rough grassland and woodland.

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 slow and the channel was 1-2m / 2-5m wide and in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is variable from shallow to steep sided.

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


The channel has not been straightened and man-made enhancements are present 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.


Kestrel and Little Egret were recorded at the time of the survey.




River Chelmer

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