Essex Rivers Hub

This stretch of river is relatively straight and narrow, and flows predominantly through arable fields. There are few artificial structures, other than an occasional footbridge across the channel where there is access via public footpaths.

The area (land use)

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

Horses were the main livestock recorded.

Channel characteristics

The river channel consists of mainly silt, and riffles are present.

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 shallow.

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

Engineering

The channel has been straightened and man-made enhancements are absent along this stretch of river.

Field drains were recorded as absent and barriers / culverts are absent.

Condition

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

Additional comments

The river is very narrow and shallow with mature and newly planted cricket bat willows (planted to replace felled trees) along the bank. A noticeable amount of in-channel vegetation is present along this stretch.

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Ter

Date completed

Spring 2012

Upstream Grid ref

TL7162419954

Downstream Grid ref

TL7002419228

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