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Sep 19, 2019
Category: HS2
Posted by: Kathryn

With HS2 under review, please contact your MP if you have concerns about this project and its impact on our local rivers.

Jul 18, 2019
Category: Drought
Posted by: Kathryn

Please write to your MP before the 22nd July to encourage them to attend the House of Commons debate on the plight of chalk streams.

Jun 19, 2019
Category: General
Posted by: Kathryn

We are part of a new project to make data available to the public on the impacts of pollution on the River Chess.

Jun 7, 2019
Category: Drought
Posted by: Kathryn

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

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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.