Essex Rivers Hub

A heavily urbanised section of river running through Chelmsford and adjacent to a shopping centre.

The area (land use)

The dominant land use for this stretch of river is suburban/urban.

No livestock were 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 10-20m wide and 1-2m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

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

Engineering

The channel has been straightened and man-made enhancements are present 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 absent at the time of the survey.

Wildlife

No wildlife recorded at the time of survey.

Additional comments

This stretch of river bank is concreted throughout - urban run off is likely to be an issue. There are no buffer strips or shading and litle or no vegetation. 

 

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Chelmer

Date completed

Jun-13

Upstream Grid ref

TL7114206949

Downstream Grid ref

TL7228906283

Website key stakeholders:

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Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting based on an original concept by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust