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Feb 17, 2020
Category: Pollution
Posted by: Kathryn
On the 16th February, Thames Water's Chesham Sewage Treatment Works released storm sewage into the river.
Jan 15, 2020
Category: Pollution
Posted by: Kathryn

On 15th January, Thames Water's Chesham Sewage Treatment Works released storm sewage into the river.

Dec 15, 2019
Category: Wildlife
Posted by: Kathryn

Apex predators and fish populations can co-exist in a healthy ecosystem. There is advice and help available for any fishery owners concerned about the presence of otters on the Chess.

Dec 15, 2019
Category: Wildlife
Posted by: Kathryn

Otters are present on the Chess; part of the positive story of the recovery of this protected species from the brink of extinction.

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Masterclass on the Chess

Oct 21, 2012

Category: Conservation
Posted by: Kathryn

The River Chess at Scotsbridge

The site of the masterclass upstream of Scotsbridge Mill

We are hosting a masterclass on the river for volunteers on Tuesday 23rd October. The course is being run by the Wild Trout Trust and will teach local conservationists how to use natural materials, such as tree branches, to improve river habitats for fish and other wildlife.

The course will take place on a stretch of the River Chess upstream of the Scotsbridge Mill Pub in Rickmansworth. Volunteers from a variety of local organisations will be attending, such as Chesham Environmental Group, as well as representatives from the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, Groundwork Thames Valley, the Environment Agency and Three Rivers District Council. The participants will then be able to apply the skills they learn to the chalk streams they work on, which includes not only the Chess, but the Colne, Bean and Mimram.

Both the river and the attendees will benefit from the day, as the Scotsbridge stretch of the Chess needs enhancement. As a result of historical management, which included dredging and over-widening, this part of the river provides little in the way of habitat for fish. The installation of woody debris and deflectors on the day will help to create a better environment for wildlife.

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