Roman River

This stretch of river flows through the Roman River Valley nature reserve, owned by Essex Wildlife Trust, and borders Chest Wood to the south. The stretch is characterised by grazing pasture along the north bank and woodland along the south bank.

The area (land use)

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

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 fast and the channel was 2-5m wide and 0.5-1m in depth.

For most of this stretch the channel profile is steep.

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


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 absent.


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


A Kingfisher was sighted and mammal runs and deer slots were recorded at the time of the survey.

Additional comments

Local recorders reported the presence of sewage fungus along this stretch of river, although no evidence of this was seen at the time of the survey.



Roman River

Date completed

Spring 2013

Upstream Grid ref (red marker)


Downstream Grid ref (green marker)


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