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Jul 6, 2018
Category: Drought
Posted by: Kathryn

With this hot weather our water use goes up; this leaves less water available for the Chess.

May 3, 2018
Category: Abstraction
Posted by: Kathryn

With an ever-growing demand for drinking water and increasingly extreme weather events, how do we get the water we need without causing even more harm to our rivers?

May 2, 2018
Category: Drought
Posted by: Kathryn

Our riverfly monitors are back out in the centre of Chesham checking for life in the Chess now that flow has returned.

Mar 24, 2018
Category: HS2
Posted by: Kathryn

A public meeting with HS2 and the Environment Agency looked at the risks posed by tunnelling to the groundwater and rivers of the Chess and Misbourne Valleys.

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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.