Essex Rivers Hub

A stretch of the Chelmer and Blackwater navigation subject to high recreational use, and surrounded by predominantly arable land.

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 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 canalised.

Bankside trees were abundant, marginal plants and in-channel plants are abundant. 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 present and barriers / culverts are present.

Condition

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

Wildlife

Several species of bird were seen during the survey including Moorhen, Kingfisher, Little Egret and Swallows.

Additional comments

A pleasant stretch of the navigation, but potential issues are the poaching due to recreational activity and nutrient enrichment of the banks.

 

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Chelmer

Date completed

May-13

Upstream Grid ref

TL7770109015

Downstream Grid ref

TL8080208241

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