Chalk Streams – A Unique Environment Worth Conserving by Dick Hawkes LRPS



A book of evocative and atmospheric photographs taken by Dick Hawkes to create a representative record of this precious and ecologically unique habitat – before much of it is lost to the many threats it faces. Chalk streams have been described as England’s “rainforest”. Around 85% of the world’s chalk streams are in England. They are beautiful, biologically distinct and amazingly rich in wildlife, but are under threat from man-made issues of abstraction, pollution from chemicals and effluent, development for housing, and climate change. Included in the book are images of typical habitats and species of wildlife found in chalk streams and water meadows, highlighting those that are rare or most under threat.

  • Hardback, A4 size (164 pages)

Additional information

Weight 1.3 kg
Dimensions 35 x 25 x 2.5 cm


“The book is a absolute delight, capturing as it does the very essence of what makes them unique. I have hardly put the book down since it’s arrival!”

“You won’t disagree with the title of this beautiful book: “Chalk Streams: A Unique Environment Worth Conserving”. It’s a state-of-play record of the habitats. ….the seemingly endless photographs – of everything from rivers and meadows, insects and birds, mammals and fish to fungi, lichen and watermills.”

“I have now been through my copy and it is delightful. A perfect compilation of exquisite photos of all aspects of our rivers and the wildlife which they support and which in turn surrounds them. I will so enjoy browsing through it during these long winter evenings. They will bring much joy to the friends to whom I will be giving them.”

“How Dick achieves the light quality in his photographs beats me, having struggled for a lifetime to catch on film the atmosphere of a magical moment. His photographs call up memories of the best times of fishing, and if nothing else are valuable as a record of what chalk streams can be. Fishing on our chalk streams is so much more than just fishing, and Dick captures that so well.”

“While Dick’s book is a visual feast for fly fishers and anyone who loves these quintessentially English landscapes, the accompanying text places everything in context, from the historical relationship with agriculture and commerce to 21st century threats and conservation.”