Thursday 21 February 2013
The high levels of rainfall last year and into this year have had a wonderful effect on the chalk streams of the Chilterns, bringing them back from drought status. As groundwater levels have risen over the winter flow in many streams has improved and now several are flowing from higher up than they have for years.
The source of the River Wye is now near Chawley Manor Farm, above West Wycombe. It hasn't flowed here for 12 years.
Further south the head of the Hamble Brook is now just outside Turville. Again, it hasn't flowed this high up for 12 years. Nearby Watery Lane is living up to its name!
In Hertfordshire the River Gade is flowing well from Hudnall Corner above Great Gaddesden. Also in Hertfordshire the River Ver has its best flow since 2001, with the source currently at River Hill near Flamstead (thanks to John Fisher of the Ver Valley Society for these updates).
Click on the thumbnails below to see images of the streams:
Watch a short video of the Hamble Brook