The School of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London and the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project have developed several educational resources to explain the nature of a chalk streams, and the pressures currently faced by these important and iconic river systems.


What is a chalk stream?

What is a chalk stream and what makes them so special? Watch our film to find out

How do chalk streams work?

How do chalk streams work and why do they dry up? Watch our film to find out.

Chalk streams in crisis

Chilterns Chalk Streams are under threat. Watch our film to find out more.  

Teacher Workshop

On 22nd January, 2024 we hosted an online workshop to introduce the range of resources available on the River Chess...

River Chess Storymaps

Exploring the Chess as an environmental system and presenting real time dashboards This collection of storymaps presents background information on...

Water management

Water Management: An enquiry-based learning scheme to explore the management issues associated with a chalk stream

River Chess: Real-time Water Quality Dashboard

A series of water quality sondes were placed in the River Chess which record the following water quality indicators, providing live data at 15 minute intervals.

Educational Posters

Download the posters As part of the ChessWatch project a series of posters were developed to explain more about human...