We live in an area of Water Stress in Hertfordshire. On Saturday after I had attended two surgeries in the south of the constituency; Watton at Stone and Tewin, I took the chance to visit two of our local Chalk Rivers, the Beane and the Mimram. The Beane flows from the village of Cromer to Hertford, running beside Stevenage town and the Mimram from the village of Whitwell to Hertford, via Tewin. Britain’s Chalk Rivers are renowned for their purity and the variety of wildlife which enjoys their crystal clear waters, and in a densely populated county like Hertfordshire we are lucky to have such flora and fauna.
There are only 35 Chalk Rivers in whole of the UK, they are located in a broad area stretching from Dorset all the way up to the Hull in Humberside. The Mimram has a protected Site of Special Scientific Interest at Tewinbury with a bird watching hut.
The reason I went down to check on the rivers is because sadly each summer these unique rivers face the threat of running dry. Every time we have a hot summer the higher stretches of these rivers simply stop flowing. These periods of drought cause untold damage to the natural environment with the water dependent species being decimated.
At the moment both rivers look fantastic. I took the opportunity to take some photos of the rivers in full flow with my camera, and remarked to local councillors Linda Haysey and Nigel Poulton what a shame it is that in a beautiful county like Hertfordshire we have to fight to protect our precious natural environment.