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
Last year the Environment Agency asked for public comment on water companies drought plans. Friends of the Rib & Quin was one of a number of environmental and chalkstream groups that submitted a response. A summary of the responses received and actions resulting have been published in the document downloadable here.
Friends of the Rib & Quin has joined the East Herts Lottery as a way to raise funds towards our ongoing costs. The East Herts Lottery runs on a weekly basis with each ticket costing £1. Half of the ticket price goes directly to Friends of the Rib & Quin. A further 10% goes to… Continue reading Raising funds with the East Herts Lottery
Taking pictures of our rivers and valleys and posting them to our Instagram account is starting to build up a visual diary that reflects both it’s beauty and challenges through the seasons. In order that those that don’t use Instagram can get to see them, we will regularly update the Instagram Images page, accessible here… Continue reading Our Instagram gallery
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.