How can I get involved?
Tackle a trail
Discover the chalk stream valleys of the Chilterns with our leaflet-guided trails. With easy route maps and attractive illustrations, this is the ideal way to learn more about the streams and see some fantastic wildlife.
- Discover the Ver Walks
- Chess Valley Walk
- Misbourne Valley Walk
- Hamble Valley Walk
- Berkhamsted Waterways Walk
Become a volunteer
If you want to get involved directly, you could register as a volunteer with one of our partner organisations. They run volunteer work parties and surveys across the Chilterns, including in the chalk stream valleys. Contact the following organisations for further details of how to get involved:
- The Chiltern Society
- Ver Valley Society
- River Chess Association
- Misbourne River Action
- Revive the Wye
- Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
- Hertfordshire Countryside Management Service
- National Trust
If you see evidence of pollution in a river, fish in distress or other risks to river wildlife, call the Environment Agency Emergency Hotline on 0800 807060. Calls are free and the hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please only use this number to report emergencies, for general enquiries to the Agency, call 08708 506506 during office hours.
We can all help to conserve chalk streams and their special wildlife by using less water in our homes and gardens. Even small changes can make a huge difference if everyone takes part. Try the following:
- Fit a water-saving device into your toilet cistern – saves up to 2 litres per flush
- Collect rainwater for your garden in a water butt
- Take a shower instead of a bath
- Mend dripping taps – they can waste as much as 90 litres of water each week!