Watercress and Winterbournes

Watercress and Winterbournes

Watercress & Winterbournes is an ambitious Heritage Lottery funded-project which aims to celebrate, protect, and enhance the chalk stream headwaters of the Rivers Test and Itchen, namely Pillhill Brook, Upper Anton, the Bourne Rivulet, the Upper Test, Candover Brook, the River Arle and Cheriton Stream.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust are working closely with 16 partner organisations and seven Community Catchment Groups to identify opportunities for protecting these special and globally rare chalk stream ecosystems. The project will also seek to preserve the region’s rich heritage and increase appreciation for the longstanding relationship between the river landscape and human activity.

This project is community-led and wide-ranging – and if any residents of the Candover Valley are interested in getting involved they should contact Maggie Shelton on 01489 77 44 00 or at maggie.shelton@hiwwt.org.uk for more information.

Maggie Shelton, Community Catchments Officer with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust will be talking about the winterbourne and chalk stream of Candover Brook, and sharing ideas about protecting its ecology at a meeting  in Brown Candover on 8 November.  See here for more details.


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