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Chiltern Society gains two new recruits for the Chalk Streams and Wetland Meadows Project

12 October 2021

We’re delighted to announce that the Chiltern Society has been joined by two new recruits to work on our joint Chalk Streams and Wetland Meadows Project. Laura Silverstone is the new Education and Engagement Officer, and Adrian Porter is the new Rivers Officer. They are both looking forward to working with the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project, the Chilterns Conservation Board, and other project partners.

The Chiltern Society and Chilterns Conservation Board receives grant of £294,000 from the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund

27 July 2021

The Chiltern Society and the Chilterns Conservation Board’s project: “Chalk Streams and wetland meadows: guarding the irreplaceable for people and nature” receives grant from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund

Chalk streams receive boost as Affinity Water turns off the pump

27 September 2020

On 27th September, World Rivers Day, Affinity Water, which provides water to homes and businesses throughout the central and northern Chilterns, announced that it had voluntarily switched off its groundwater pumping stations in the upper Chess catchment to better sustain flows in the river.  

River Wye receives boost as abstraction levels are reduced

24 July 2020

Wye_Funges_Meadow_2018_tmbThames Water has reduced the amount of water it takes from underground sources close to the River Wye in High Wycombe

Public asked to save water to protect supplies and the environment as demand rises to unprecedented levels

25 June 2020

Affinity Water is appealing to its customers to save water as it is predicting a significant increase in the demand for water this week with more people being at home and the hot weather.

Chiltern chalk streams re-bourne after drought

10 February 2020

Chalk Streams across the Chilterns are springing back to life after one of the most severe droughts on record. 

Chilterns Chalk Streams Project - Annual Review

07 October 2019

Wye_Funges_Meadow_2018_tmbFind out how the Project has been working to protect the Chilterns chalk streams over the past year.

Our Chalk streams are in crisis. They need your help

17 July 2019

Dry_Gade_Gt Gaddesden_21-06-19_tmbChalk streams are a facing a fight for survival. A combination of climate change and over abstraction to supply our ever-rising demand for water has left local chalk streams in a dire state. The Chilterns Chalk Streams Project is calling on all those who care about these precious but fragile rivers to act now to highlight their plight and call on government to take action. Find out how you can help...

River Groups call for water restrictions now as drought conditions threaten southern chalk streams.

07 June 2019

Following three consecutive dry years across much of Britain, river levels and groundwater supplies are now in such a depleted state in the water stressed South East that wildlife organisations and river groups have issued a joint call for the Government and Water Companies to introduce hosepipe bans and other water restrictions immediately to avert fish kills and longer term environmental damage.

News from the Chiltern Chalk Streams Project

31 January 2019

From new faces to dog steps and a vital water observatory project, find out what the Chilterns Chalk Stream Project team have been busy doing.. 

Chalk Streams need your help as weather hots up!

06 July 2018

Misbourne_dry_2018_tmbWater companies supplying the Chilterns area have appealed to customers to save water as the heatwave drives demand to record high levels, putting pressure on water supplies and the environment.

Local river groups call for action as chalk stream flows dwindle

30 November 2017

Concerns are growing for the health of the Chilterns chalk streams as low groundwater levels leave long sections of river high and dry. 

Bringing Back the Bulbourne Project wins Conservation Award

18 October 2017

A Project to restore part of the River Bulbourne to its former glory won a prestigious Conservation Award this week.

Restoring the River Bulbourne

27 January 2017

Bulbourne at Box MoorA major project to restore a section of the R. Bulbourne in Hertfordshire has just been completed by the Environment Agency and partners.

Learn how to check a river's health

10 October 2016

Reviving the Wye in High Wycombe

04 October 2016

Over 200 volunteers including many young people helped make the River Wye a much better home for wildlife in High Wycombe

School releases trout into the Wye

21 June 2016

Brown TroutPupils from St. Paul's School, Wooburn Green released baby brown trout into the the River Wye last Thursday as part of the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project's highly successful Trout in the Classroom programme.

Environment Agency fisheries news

03 March 2016

EA fisheries newsletterFind out about fishy news from around the Colne catchment

River Wye Rebourne

24 February 2016

A project to restore precious chalk stream habitat along a section of the R. Wye at Bourne End, in Buckinghamshire was successfully completed last week.

£7,500 for habitat improvements on Wye

21 May 2015

Work will take place at Funges Meadow and Bourne End

Conservation group gears up to Revive the Wye

11 May 2015

Work of Revive the Wye's conservation volunteers received a boost this week with a range of new equipment funded by local environmental groups.

Goodbye to concrete straitjacket

29 August 2014

Trainees learn how to monitor riverflies

25 June 2014

Local groups will be able to keep a close eye on the health of Chilterns' rivers

Sewage pollution hits chalk streams

28 February 2014

Record levels of rainfall means sewer networks are struggling to cope and our local chalk streams are suffering as a result.

New advice for Chess Valley landowners

12 November 2013

Chess advice leafletThe Chilterns Chalk Streams Project has released the latest in a series of leaflets giving advice to landowners on how to manage rivers and riparian land. 





Chilterns shows how to reverse Ratty's decline

06 September 2013

Plans to restore chalk stream flows need your help to become reality

01 August 2013

A local water company plans to reduce the amount of groundwater it takes to improve flows in the Chilterns rivers and is seeking support from customers to make it happen.


Chalk Streams Project wins national award

23 July 2013

More protection for chalk streams demanded

31 May 2013

Streams springing to life

21 February 2013

Many Chilterns streams are flowing better than they have for years

Winter rains bring life to dry streams

04 December 2012

While heavy rain in October and November caused flooding to many parts of the country, it has helped two Chilterns chalk streams to start flowing again.

Love Your River visits the Chess

15 October 2012

The Chilterns Chalk Streams Project Officer, Allen Beechey, today met with double Olympic gold medal-winning rower James Cracknell and Natural Environment Minister Richard Benyon to highlight the plight of the area’s chalk streams.

Misbourne restored to natural stream

13 July 2012

A section of the River Misbourne near Great Missenden has been restored to a more natural chalk stream habitat

Revive the Wye finds unexploded bomb in local river

21 May 2012

Revive the Wye volunteers make a worrying discovery in the River Wye.

Brook Lamprey filmed spawning in the River Chess

30 March 2012

Brook lamprey (Lampetra planeri) have been filmed for the first time, spawning in the River Chess this week. 

Drought leads to fears for local rivers

21 February 2012

The official announcement of drought has led to increased fears for the state of the Chilterns' chalk streams.

River Wye benefits from habitat enhancement project

09 November 2011

The Chilterns Chalk Streams Project has teamed up with the Environment Agency, Wild Trout Trust and volunteers to carry out a river habitat enhancement scheme on a tributary of the R. Wye in Loudwater.


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