The Hamble Brook flows through the peaceful Hambleden Valley, Buckinghamshire in the heart of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The comings and goings of this delightful little Chalk Stream Brook are well documented. In recent years it has spent long periods without Flow and, most recently, was dry for 2-yrs during the severe drought of 2011/12. Now, however, after one of the wettest years on record, the Hamble Brook has sprung back to life. This footage was filmed for the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project on 19th February 2013. Led by the Chilterns Conservation Board, the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project is a Partnership which aims to protect & conserve the Chalk Streams of the Chilterns AONB and to encourage enjoyment and understanding of them. It rises in the aptly named Frog Lane in Turville and joins the River Thames at Hambleden Mill End.
Chalk Streams are a characteristic and attractive feature of the Chilterns Landscape. They are also a globally rare habitat, confined to North-West Europe and to the UK in particular. In fact, more than 85% of all the Chalk Streams in the world, are found in England. Chalk Streams are important habitats for Wildlife and support a massive range of plants and animals. They are home to some of our most threatened plants and animals, such as the water vole and brown trout. They also have a fascinating history and supported many thriving industries in the past. The Chilterns’ chalk streams are so important that a special partnership project has been created to conserve them. Uniting all the organisations with an interest in the streams, the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project works with local people across the Chilterns to improve River habitats, improve Access & Enjoyment and promote the sustainable use of Water.