Essex Rivers Hub

The channel has been strightened and reinforced in this section. There are intermittent pipes all along the banks, draining water from local roads and possibly houses too. There were small areas of scrub and trees along the banks and rubbish and dead leaves were blocking the channel in places. The brook runs next to houses and under roads for the whole stretch.

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 unknown, and riffles are present.

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

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep and concrete lined.

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 present and barriers / culverts are present.

Condition

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

Wildlife

The following species were seen during the survey: Robin, Blackbird, Collared Dove and Grey Squirrel.

Additional Information

The water level was very low on the day of the survey.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Roach Catchment

Date completed

Dec-13

Upstream Grid ref

TQ8356086898

Downstream Grid ref

TQ8403586890

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