What are chalk streams?

Chalk streams are some of the most beautiful – and rare – stretches of water on the planet, and England is home to over 85% of them, many of which are found in the South East of the country.

The water in these streams is beautifully clear, pure and rich with minerals. This is because it rises up through the Chilterns before flowing down through our area – which makes these streams the perfect home for a variety of fish, birds and small mammals.

Why do they matter?

Chalk streams are hugely important. They are rarer than the Bengal tiger or a seat on the Tube at rush hour. It’s up to us to help protect them, because of the 260 true chalk streams on Earth, 224 of them run through the English countryside.

The clear water makes for an ideal environment for plants and animals such as the Flag Iris and several species of Mayfly, while otters, kingfishers and water voles all make their homes on the banks.

Waste less water

We all need to waste less water to Save Our Streams

Water saving gadgets

Get your free water saving gadgets when you sign up – it only takes three minutes

Planting trees

We’re also investing in tree planting projects to offset CO₂ emissions

Expert video consultations

You can get a free bespoke home video consultation to help save even more water

Time isn’t the only thing that’s running out

Unlike the Bengal tiger, chalk streams don’t deal well with the heat. This means that they can dry up in the summer months, leaving all those plants, birds and animals dying out or looking for somewhere else to live.

While we’re sure otters make excellent lodgers, we think it’s probably easier to save a bit of water and help protect their natural home.

Just look at the difference a few months make during the spring and summer. This is why we need your help, too.

Just look at the difference a few months make during the spring and summer. This is why we need your help, too.

So what are you waiting for?

It’s super easy to help your local environment and Save Our Streams – it’ll only take you three minutes.
And if helping the environment wasn’t enough, you’ll also save money too.