Chalk stream restoration advice / consultancy

I have been involved in chalk stream restoration – physical habitat projects and campaigning – since the early 1990s when I started a stream restoration project with pupils at the school where I taught in Dorset. In 1997 I co-founded the Wild Trout Trust and in 2011 the Norfolk Rivers Trust. I have written or worked on a number of conservation campaigns including WWF’s Rivers on the Edge, The State of England’s Chalk Streams, Flushed Away and Water for Wildlife. And more recently on the Chalk Streams First campaign and as chair of the CaBA chalk stream restoration group and primary author (with lots of help from numerous experts) of the CaBA chalk stream restoration strategy.

In 2011 with WWF sponsorship and working for the Norfolk Rivers Trust I put together a catchment restoration strategy for the River Nar in Norfolk and since then have been designing and co-delivering projects on the river in collaboration with the Norfolk Rivers Trust, the Norfolk Rivers Drainage Board and various landowners, notably Holkham, Narford and West Acre estates.

Castle Acre Common – channel recreation and floodplain reconnection

Minn’s Meadow – restoring gravel to a dredged channel

Emmanuel’s Common – uncovering a ‘lost’ chalk-stream channel and recreating a new reach of ‘reference reach’ chalk stream

If you, your rivers trust or group would like advice on a project or campaign, do get in touch. I work professionally and pro bono, depending on the job. Basically, I want to fix chalk streams and will help if I can.