Teacher Workshop: Investigating the River Chess

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    Start dateMonday 22nd January
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    Start Time4pm
    End Time6pm
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This twilight session introduces a set of KS4 & 5 resources which investigate pressures faced by the River Chess, a Chilterns chalk stream.

The resources were developed by geographers at Queen Mary, University of London in conjunction with the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project. They include:

  • An enquiry based learning scheme to explore the management issues associated with a chalk stream
  • A blog hosted by the Royal Geographical Society about pressures on chalk streams
  • A Storymap containing information about pressures on the Chess and realtime data from our water quality monitoring

They provide excellent pre-visit / post-visit study for groups conducting fieldwork on the River Chess. They can also be used as stand alone resources for topics including.

  • Hydrology in chalk catchments
  • River health
  • Human interactions in the drainage basin
  • Managing water demand
  • Creating sustainable water futures.

Additional information

The workshop will by led by Prof. Kate Heppell, Head of Landscape at the Chilterns Conservation Board. Kate previously spend 20 years as a lecturer and researcher at Queen Mary, University of London, specialising in the interactions between water and chemical movement across the landscape. Kate was also a member of the expert panel of the CaBA Chalk Streams Working Group – advising on the production of the UK Chalk Streams Restoration Strategy.

Chilterns Chalk Streams Project
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