Essex Rivers Hub

This survey was carried out by two of our volunteer river wardens. The survey starts at Stock Lane and moves 500m upstream.

The area (land use)

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

No livestock were recorded.

Channel characteristics

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

At the time of recording the flow of water was slow and the channel was 2-5m / 5-10m wide and <0.5m / 0.5-1m / 1-2m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep with flat/shallow surrounding land.

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

Engineering

The channel has not been straightened and man-made enhancements are absent 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.

Additional Information

On the left bank of this river there appeared to be buffer strips of around 10m, but on the right bank there was considerably less with none in places. This section of river is often recorded as having a lot of rubbish present. There have been multiple litter picks here, these will continue until there is a more manageable level of litter.

 

RBD/catchment/river/tributary

River Wid

Date completed

26/11/2015

Upstream Grid ref

TQ6630098400

Downstream Grid ref

TQ6610098700

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