Get Involved

Get Involved

Join our citizen-science army, volunteer with a conservation organisation or save water at home – you can help the Chess.


The River Chess and its catchment is a precious landscape and resource – important for both people and wildlife. It faces many pressures from over abstraction to habitat loss, climate change to development. But there are lots of ways that we can all help to turn these challenges into opportunities, helping nature’s recovery and preserving our important natural resources.

We can all make a difference to the river, whether it’s in a big or small way. From adjusting how we use water to undertaking practical work to protect the river, collective action can help protect and enhance the catchment that we value.

Ways to get involved

Water quality surveys

Our citizen scientists have been collecting important water quality data to help us understand where improvements could be made.

Ecology surveys

Biodiversity is a key indicator of environmental health; our citizen scientists are helping us monitor species abundances and improve habitat quality in the Chess catchment.

Practical conservation

Citizen science surveys are providing an evidence-based approach to the success of our practical conservation approaches throughout the Chess catchment.

Citizen Science in the Chess Catchment


Want a round-up of all our citizen science activities undertaken in 2022?

Want to know what we have planned for 2023?


Our Citizen Science Co-ordinator, Hannah, hosted an online talk on Wednesday 1st February that you can watch by clicking the video below. The talk outlines why we are conducting a variety of water quality and ecological citizen science surveys, what results we are seeing so far and how you can get involved too!




Watched the talk and are now keen to get involved? Register your details below!

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Register your interest

Does what we’re doing sound like something you’d like to get involved with?

We’re keen to hear from you if you would like to help us carry out citizen science surveys, or if you are a landowner who would like to host surveys on your section of the River Chess.

Register your interest below and we’ll get back in touch to talk about the next steps.

Get in touch

The Smarter Water Catchment initiative was designed to involve the local community in any way possible.

Contact our Citizen Science Coordinator, Hannah, to ask any questions, make suggestions or leave comments about our citizen science surveys throughout the Chess catchment.

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Chilterns Chalk Streams Project

Learn about our flagship partnership project, committed to conserving our threatened chalk streams and the wildlife they hold.
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Volunteering Hub

Have a look at all the volunteering opportunities that are available through our partner organisations around the Chilterns.