We know many residents really love the River Chess; many also know it’s a rare example of the chalk streams environment.  What does that mean? And why is it so ecologically valuable?  
 
Researchers at the School of Geography Queen Mary University of London have created an amazing story map that explains the origins and special nature of chalk streams, the threats facing the River Chess and what we can all do to improve the River Chess environment.  They have been helped with photos, videos, data and expertise from a number of organisations including the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project, the River Chess AssociationEnvironment Agency, and Thames Water

The public engagement partnership, Chesswatch, has been key for bringing together knowledge, with part of the research being carried out by local volunteers collecting measurements from equipment provided by Queen Mary UL and placed strategically along the Chess.  
 
If you’re concerned about the River Chess, or your children want to get involved (or need a really great geography / environmental project!), have a look at https://tinyurl.com/river-chess or click the image on the right.

To see it as its best we recommend a larger screen than a mobile.

Angela Killick, CRA