Project launched to restore rare chalk stream to its former natural glory

Volunteers creating new habitats in the river with 'woody debris' at the River Bulbourne. PNL-150105-131043003
Volunteers creating new habitats in the river with 'woody debris' at the River Bulbourne. PNL-150105-131043003

An exciting new project was launched at the Box Moor Trust’s annual public meeting.

Bringing back the Bulbourne is a partnership between the Trust, the Environment Agency and the Chilterns Chalk Stream Project that aims to restore the river to something of its former natural glory.

The River Bulbourne is a rare chalk stream and is listed internationally as a priority habitat for restoration.

Over the centuries it has been heavily modified for local industry, the building of the canal and to drain the adjacent fields. The project aims to restore the original narrow and winding course, provide a wider range of habitats for wildlife and make it a more attractive and tranquil place for walkers on the Moors.

The Environment Agency has grant aided the project and there will be lots of opportunities for local people and lovers of the Moors to be involved; helping with hands on conservation work, wildlife recording, researching local history and developing information materials. To find out more contact Ian Richardson at the Trust on 01442 253300.