River Chelmer

An area of predominantly floodplain grassland, with some arable land in the downstream section.

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 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 shallow.

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


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

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


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


Large numbers of birdlife present in scrubby pasture including finches, Reed Bunting and Skylark. One or two Himalayan Balsam plants were seen and reported for removal.

Additional comments

The area around this stretch of the river is relatively unmodified but suffers from trampling and erosion issues.


River Chelmer

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