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
Please Respond – EA Consultation The Environment Agency Challenges and Choices Consultation starts the process for setting up the River Basin Management Plans for the next 5 years – eventually drilling down to the Lea Catchment in our case. It’s a long and complicated consultation with numerous videos to watch and information to digest but as much… Continue reading EA Challenges and Choices Consultation
Surfers Against Sewage have been campaigning for cleaner seas since 1990 and have launched a petition calling for an end to the pollution of our rivers and seas. FROM THE PETITION WEBSITE: Why is this important? Despite years of investment, sewage and agricultural pollution still plague the rivers and ocean. Evidence shows that we have… Continue reading A Petition to #EndSewagePollution
A few weeks ago when news that Buntingford was to have a Walking Market at the beginning of August I was contacted by the Buntingford Plants and Gardens Group with the generous offer to run a plant stall in aid of Friends of the Rib & Quin. We were only too happy to accept. I’m… Continue reading FORQ at Buntingford Walking Market
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.