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The Other Chiltern Chalk Springs

An exploration of the chalk springs and streams around Princes Risborough, below the northern scarp of the Chiltern Hills. I think it was Einstein who said “The more I learn, the more I realise how much I don’t know.” and since becoming Chairman of the Chiltern Society Rivers & Wetlands Group, I have been amazed by the number of aspects of our English landscapes that I was completely unaware of; until I actually looked. This came home to me once more on Saturday when I took

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Exploring the River Chess Part 2 – from Latimer to Chesham.

                This is part 2 of my description of an exploration of the River Chess in Buckinghamshire, from its confluence with the River Colne at Rickmansworth to its head waters in Chesham in the Chiltern Hills. The first part explored the river as far as Latimer, up to which point it is a continuous medium-sized chalk stream, interrupted by a number of small weirs. However, upstream from the road bridge below the village of Latimer, the Chess has been

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Exploring the River Chess Part 1: From confluence to Latimer.

I have recently been elected Chairman of the Chiltern Society Rivers and Wetlands Group having been approached for the post, although I was reluctant as I felt it would take over my life, and I was right. However, the Chiltern chalk streams are very special – there are only a few hundred chalk streams in the entire World, and most of them are in Southern England, but in spite of their special nature, they suffer from over-exploitation and need a lot of help. If the term

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Doug Kennedy Photography Bulletin October 2018

  I’m amazed to find that nearly a year has passed since my last bulletin, which is not what I intended, but I have been spending most of my ‘spare’ moments working on my forthcoming book, ‘Pennine Wildlife Habitats’. This is a major project and one that is very difficult to keep within realistic bounds as the topic is enormous. It was inspired by meeting Dr Tim Melling who lives in the Pennines and is a brilliant naturalist and wildlife photographer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of

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Photography Bulletin, Novermber 2017

Doug Kennedy Photography Bulletin, November 2017 Dear Friends, This is my photography bulletin which I am sending to contacts who have shown or may have an interest in my photography, books and cards. If you do not wish to receive any more of these (they will be sent out 3 or 4 times a year) then please reply with the words, ‘Stop bulletin’ or similar and I will remove your email address from the list. The autumn started for us with a trip to Andalucia under

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Bluebells at Aston Rowant

Another bright, cold morning with the temperature only 4 degrees at 8.30am. We had a little rain over the weekend, but the ground everywhere is extremely dry and cracking. What happened to April showers? Over the past week, the trees have burst into leaf: even oak trees starting to grow foliage which seems very early. I drove to Aston Rowant NNR, parking at Aston Woods. The mature beech trees’ leafless canopies spread like a vaulted cathedral roof from their tall, grey trunk columns, apart from a

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Spring Spectacles (floral that is!)

I your eyes are open, the English springtime can be quite spectacular, especially when the sun shines as it is this year. Our weather is in complete contrast to last year when April was cold and wet and somehow joyless: in fact it resulted in greatly reduced butterflies through the summer, especially in the south and east. After a week of solid sunshine you can almost year the trees bursting into leaf and everywhere you look, wildflowers are blooming. I live just to the west of

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Environmental Pollution by Thames Water Much Worse Than We Thought!

As many of you know, I have been working on improving the ecology of the River Thame long-term since a disastrous pollution incident in 2013 that killed almost all animal life in the upper part of the river. I chaired Save The River Thame, which became part of the River Thame Conservation Trust which now has over 120 volunteers (www.riverthame.org). I also chair biannual liaison meetings with Thames Water at the Aylesbury Sewage Treatment Works (I do get to all the best places!). Since 2013, the

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Doug gets great reviews for party and family photography!

  I was asked to take some photo’s at a friend’s party, something I have occasionally done over the years, and they really loved the results, so I’ve started offering it as a service. As well as parties, I’ve done family group photographs often with children, who are much, much easier than wildlife!  Get in touch if you’d like a set of photo’s of people you love that bring out character and happy mood: an album, or photobook, to treasure. Here are the reviews I’ve received

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Yorkshire Landscapes – Publishing in March 2017

The text and over 120 image files are now with my editor at Oxbow Books and work has started to get the book designed and ready for the printers. Yorkshire is a fabulous county for photographers: taken as a whole (it is split into several administrative counties) it is by far the biggest in England and contains much of the Pennine Hills, the North Yorkshire Moors and the Wolds. It is full of historic towns and, as it was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution,

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