River Ash, Herts, on Countryfile

The River Ash in Hertfordshire appeared as the first story on BBC Countryfile on 11 May. The Ash is a chalk stream and, like many chalk streams, has suffered from dredging in the past. Landowner Nicholas Buxton has taken steps to improve the habitat for trout and all wildlife, in partnership with the EA and Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, following an Advisory Visit by the WTT. 
The film includes a good section with Charlie Bell of the Wildlife Trust carrying out a kick sample to check on the invertebrate life in the river. 

You can watch the programme on BBC iPlayer until 17 May. Click here to go the iPlayer. The River Ash is the first story, approx 7 minutes. 

The Advisory Visit report is available here (you will need to register on the website to download — quick and simple !) 

Interested in receiving an Advisory Visit from the WTT ? It is free ! Click here for details 

More information on using invertebrate sampling to monitor the health of a river, click here.