In response to growing calls from the local communities for a plan to ‘Mend the Misbourne’ the Chiltern Chalk Streams (CCS) team recently held a workshop to begin the work of developing an evidence-based catchment plan for the River.

The workshop on 29th November was well attended by representatives of local community groups, conservation charities, town, parish and county councils, water companies and the Environment Agency. There was a great deal of information shared and some lively (and constructive) discussion. CCS are very grateful to all those who gave up their time to help.
CCS have had a long standing relationship with communities and campaigners on the River Misbourne. Despite efforts to improve the river by many people over many years the health of the river is declining and it is currently assessed as being of poor ecological status. The river is under pressure from a number of sources including abstraction for domestic water supply, sewage pollution and the construction of the HS2 rail line. There is both a great need and great appetite to better co-ordinate action on this river.

This was just the first stage in developing a Misbourne catchment plan. There will be further opportunities for landowners and local communities to contribute.

If you are interested in getting more involved with practical efforts to look after the Misbourne consider supporting Misbourne River Action. We would also welcome new Riverfly Monitors on the Misbourne – please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

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This initative was widely praised at the recent steering group meeting of the ColneCAN Catchment action network and we are delighted that CCS have shared their newsletter article with us here.

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Allen Beechey presenting to the group

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting. From an original concept by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.