River Mardyke

This stretch of river and bankside pasture is owned by Thurrock Council and a grazier grazes his horses here. The area suffers from erosion and fly tipping issues, and previous attempts at reedbed creation have not been successful, although in some fenced areas scrub has developed to provide habitat for birds. The area is very open with very few trees and herbs along the banks.

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 silt, and riffles are absent.

At the time of recording the flow of water was sluggish and the channel was 2-5m wide and 0.5-1m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

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


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 absent.


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


Heron, egrets, Peacock butterfly, Mallard and Pied Wagtail were seen during the survey. There were possible mink footprints present.

Additional Comments

Fly tipping is an issue here.


River Mardyke

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