Essex Rivers Hub

This section runs through the urban park, Belfairs Park. This area is heavily impacted by dogs and dog walkers. The channel has a natural shape but the banks are mostly bare and heavily trampled by dogs. Overland runoff is probably impacting on water quality, runoff is an issue due to the compacted ground and lack of vegetation along the river bank and surrounding woodland.

The area (land use)

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

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 medium and the channel was 1-2m wide and <0.5m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep and vertically undercut in places.

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

Condition

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

Wildlife

None seen suring the survey.

Additional Information

Himalayan Balsam has been seen in this area.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Roach Catchment

Date completed

Nov-13

Upstream Grid ref

TQ8253087611

Downstream Grid ref

TQ8269287222

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