Essex Rivers Hub

Description of Section

The river is featureless with eroded banks and becomes heavily shaded after the football pitches. The banks are dominated by Himalayan Balsam and at the time of the survey the plants had completely died back leaving bare banks that were vulnerable to erosion.

The area (land use)

The dominant land use for this stretch of river is pasture.

Horses were the main livestock recorded.

Channel characteristics

The river channel consists of mainly unknown, and riffles are absent.

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

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

Bankside trees were abundant, marginal plants and in-channel plants are rare. 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 absent and areas of erosion were present at the time of the survey.

 Additional Information

There is an open field area next to the bank which is fenced off and deep trenches have been dug the length of the field at approx. 20m intervals, these trenches lead to the river. This drainage may be having an impact on water quality.

Litter is present on banks and in-channel.

Water was brown in colour which could signify that the silt content was high but could have been affected by recent rain. The banks are reinforced near bridges.

Some blockages of woody debris in the channel has resulted in litter building up around it.

Wildlife

Mallards, Long-tailed Tits and Pied Wagtails were seen during the survey. 

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Crouch

Date completed

Nov-13

Upstream Grid ref

TQ7625594192

Downstream Grid ref

TQ7671294084

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