River Roach

This is a very featureless section of the brook. It is bordered by arable land on one side and housing on the other. The buffer strips are narrow but consist of a variety of herbs as well as grass. Reeds were found downstream and algae was present throughout.

The area (land use)

The dominant land use for this stretch of river is arable and suburban/urban.

Horses were the main livestock recorded.

Channel characteristics

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

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

For most of this stretch the channel profile is shallow.

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


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



Additional Information

There was a smell of fuel in the area, possibly connected to the close proximity of Southend Airport.


River Roach

Date completed


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