Essex Rivers Hub

Description of Section

The channel is featureless with bare banks and heavily trampled by dogs. The bank edge is shaded by mature trees and scrub, the channel is very shaded which may limit bank and channel vegetation in spring and summer.

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 gravel, and riffles are present.

At the time of recording the flow of water was slow and the channel was 1-2m wide and <0.5m / 0.5-1m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

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

Engineering

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 absent.

Condition

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

Additional Information

Water was brown in colour which could signify that the silt content was high but could have been affected by recent rain .

Wildlife

Mallards and Starlings were seen during the survey.

 

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Crouch

Date completed

Nov-13

Upstream Grid ref

TQ7526893973

Downstream Grid ref

TQ7625594192

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