Chalk Streams – A Unique Environment Worth Conserving


Book Details

Weight 0.956 kg
Dimensions 21 × 29.7 × 1.4 cm



Riverside Publishing Solutions

ISBN (Hardback)




Page Extent


Page Size

A4 Portrait (210×197mm), A4 Lanscape(148.5×210mm)

About The Author

Dick Hawkes LRPS

Dick Hawkes LRPS

Dick won first (and third) prize in the 2022 National Trust Riverlands competition and his photographs have been shortlisted for both the International Garden Photographer of the Year and Outdoor Photographer of the Year competitions. His work has appeared in publications for the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, the Royal Automobile Club, the Piscatorial Society, and Salmon & Trout Conservation UK. His photographs have also featured in calendars for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and The Friends of Richmond Park.

Dick’s early career in advertising sparked an interest in photography. After several years as a board director at McCann-Erickson, followed by running two marketing services consultancies, in 1994, Dick changed direction and became UK Managing Partner at an executive search firm. Since 2010, he has run his own executive coaching consultancy. Now, he is concentrating on his dual passions of photography and fly fishing in the beautiful chalk stream environment.

Dick is married with two daughters and lives in Kew.

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.