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Smarter Water Catchment Update

01 August 2022

Find out what's been happening with Citizen Scientists and the Smarter Water Catchment!

600 people gathered at Dunstable Downs to create a stunning artwork at dusk

18 July 2022

Hundreds of local residents flocked to Dunstable Downs for a picnic at dusk with music, dance and kite making to create a stunning artwork with lights at dusk
Green Space Dark Skies led by Walk the Plank, worked with local partners and artists to create a magical music and dance celebration of the beauty of Dunstable Downs in The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This immense gathering brought together local community groups, many of whom had never visited the Downs before to enjoy the green space and dark skies.

“Chalk Streams First” coalition puts forward proposals to cease or reduce abstraction from the Colne and Lea chalk streams

14 July 2022

A coalition of conservation and river organisations is working to tackle a major threat to our chalk streams in the Chilterns: groundwater abstraction for our water supply. Chalk Streams First proposes a reduction in groundwater abstraction that would enable a flow recovery of approximately 80% in the Chiltern chalk streams.

The Heart of the Chilterns: Volunteer Champions #2. Nigel Rothwell, LiDAR Interpreter, Beacons of the Past

01 July 2022

Nigel Rothwell has been volunteering for the ‘Beacons of the Past project’, joining a team of more than 1000 volunteers in a quest to find previously uncovered hillfort archaeology and other historical features in the Chilterns. 

Join the event of the season in The Chilterns! Take part in a mass picnic with music & a stunning choreographed light display at dusk

29 June 2022

Become a Lumenator and be part of a unique Green Space Dark Skies gathering celebrating the wonderful landscapes of the UK. This event in The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to Luton features local artists, choreographer Suba Subramaniam, contemporary folk musician Jim Carey Connell and music company KADAM. 

Chiltern Rangers Traineeship - apply now!

16 June 2022

We are delighted to announce two 12 month traineeships at Chiltern Rangers as part of the Chalk, Cherries & Chairs Project with The Chilterns Conservation Board, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

'Mind the Gap!' Exploring Tring's countryside during the Chilterns Walking Festival

13 June 2022

Joe Stewart recounts an ever-changing springtime walk in the northern Chilterns.

Chilterns farmer achieves Local Wildlife Site status for Manor Farm

10 June 2022

Chilterns based farmer, Andrew Stubbings, has been turning his farm into a stronghold for nature and wildlife for more than 20 years. His farm has recently been designated a ‘Local Wildlife Site’ – a recognition given to the most exceptional and valuable wildlife areas in the UK. Manor Farm is now one of the biggest Local Wildlife Sites in Buckinghamshire, with an impressive 225 hectares of land achieving designation.  

Save Water to Save our Chilterns Chalk Streams!

09 June 2022

Water Saving Week 2022 ran from 23rd to 30th May. The River Chess Smarter Water Catchment Project team put together some pointers on why being mindful of saving water makes such a difference to our nine, rare and special Chilterns Chalk Streams and their habitats. Here is a summary of those tips.

The Heart of the Chilterns: Volunteer Champions #1 Jacob Pestana, Chiltern Rangers Volunteer

01 June 2022

This is the first in our monthly volunteering blog series. Jacob Pestana joined Chiltern Rangers in 2014, aged seventeen, as a work placement on his Berkshire College of Agriculture Course. He soon became a regular volunteer and eight years on, tells us how conservation volunteering helped his confidence and independence and helped him cope with a bereavement. He has autism and dyspraxia.

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