Friends of the Rib & Quin (FORQ) is a community based organisation dedicated to improving the plight of our local chalk streams, which like the other rare and precious chalk streams across Hertfordshire and the south east of England are in crisis due to over abstraction and pollution.
Our objectives are to raise awareness of these important and rare river environments through events throughout the year, benchmark and monitor the river landscape, wildlife and biodiversity through citizen science projects and campaign, with other river groups to reduce and stop the over abstraction of the chalk aquifer which has been slowly depleting this environment for decades.
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“I still remember when I saw my first one. It was just magical, and every summer I still get a pang of excitement on seeing the first one. Wouldn’t it be sad if there weren’t these things any more?” The Guardian, 6 March 2020 This quote comes from the Environment Agency’s Tim Gardiner in an… Continue reading Last chance to see…. ?
We are very pleased to say that we will be at the Buntingford VE Day 75th Anniversay Celebrations. More details nearer the day.
Any keen eyed observers of our iNaturalist project page over recent weeks might have noticed a rather nondescript sedge appear in the recent sightings column. They would have seen that it was called the Scarce Tufted-Sedge Carex cespitosa and possibly thought little more of it. It is only when you look at the distribution map for this species that… Continue reading A Very Special Resident
We have some of the rarest ecosystems in the world in Hertfordshire and they are under threat.
The River Rib is a chalk stream in North East Hertfordshire that rises close to the village of Buckland. It then runs south through Wydial, Buntingford and Westmill, before reaching Braughing, Standon and Puckeridge. Continuing south it divides the villages of Thundridge and Westmill before swinging south-west to join the River Lea between Hertford and Ware.
The Quin rises close to Cokenach and flows near Barkway, Hormead and Hare Street before reaching Braughing and joining the Rib.
Chalk streams are incredibly important and globally rare environment with a unique ecology. There are no more than 200 of these streams and rivers in the world, several of which are in Hertfordshire, including;
– River Mimram
– River Beane
– River Rib
– River Quin
– River Ash
– River Stort
– River Ver
– River Chess
– River Hiz
Friends of the Rib & Quin is a newly formed community organisation focused on protecting and improving the habitats and environment of the River Rib and River Quin to the benefit of wildlife and the local community.
If you’re a landowner, member of a local group / organisation, or individual interested in finding out more about how you might get involved in protecting and improving your local river, we’d love to hear from you!
Drop us an email at FORQcomms@gmail.com or use the Contact page above so that we have your contact details and we will keep you updated of upcoming meetings and activities.