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.
Dick’s 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.
Some reviews: “The book is sensational, and has been an absolute pleasure to read, over and over again. One copy has arrived at a fishing friend's house and has been extremely well received, I had a positively effervescent message back”.
“Your book will make a wonderful Christmas or birthday present to anyone who has ever fished a chalk stream”
“I just wanted to say thank you so much for the book. It is truly beautiful and bursting with wonderful rare photos and pictures of a phenomenon I had no knowledge of. I now want to visit all these wonderous places and to learn more. You have ignited my interest”.
“The book is an important and absolutely beautiful tribute to our marvellous chalk streams. It is highly engaging and informative - a fine example of how there is always more to learn even on topics about which we rate ourselves as know-alls ! “Your photographs have a starring role. It is not only their quality but the variety of subjects - bridges, swaying weed, spawning fish, damselflies, birds and even the endangered White-clawed crayfish - you have it all”.