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.
Latest News and Blog Posts
Derrick shared this excellent film by the River Ash Catchment Partnership and Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust on our Facebook page and it is definitely worth posting again here. The film is from 2015 and features catchment project work on the River Ash between Widford and Amwell and is presented by HMWT’s previous Living Rivers… Continue reading FILM – The River Ash – A Living Landscape
The latest report on rainfall, river flow and groundwater levels is available to view and download here. The Hertfordshire and North London Area received 159% of the long term average rainfall for December. Soil moisture deficits remained close to zero resulting in significant effective rainfall throughout all of the catchments. River flows and groundwater levels… Continue reading EA Water Situation Report – Herts & Nth London – December 2019
A new publication for the residents of Braughing and it’s local villages has just launched its first issue. Braughing Life will be delivered free of charge to all residents of the parish, thanks to the parish council and can also be read on line here. The first issue contains an article from Pauline Ayres our… Continue reading Braughing Life
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.