Creekmouth’s landscape has, for centuries, been marshland interspersed with streams and bogs. Changes began at Creekmouth in the mid 19th century when factories started springing up along the shoreline. Factories and the Northern and Southern Outfalls polluted the river to the extent it was classed as biologically dead.
Improvement in the quality of the water didn’t begin until the 1950s. Since then the river has become cleaner and supports a variety of fish, including seabass, salmon, flounders, eels pike and perch.
Bird-life in the area include a pair of peregrine falcons, herons, cormorants, kingfishers and many wading birds. Water voles, seriously in decline and protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act can also be found nearby.
A Sea of Flora
The abundance of blackthorn, whitethorn and bramble hedging are a haven for birds and other, smaller wildlife. The Environment Agency continue with a program of natural shrub planting around the flood barrier.