The Southern Streams are all chalk stream tributaries of the River Kennet that flow in from the south. They include the Dun, the Shalbourne, Froxfield Stream and Inkpen Stream.
The streams receive and convey significant quantities of nutrients and sediment into the River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon Canal.
In 2012 ARK’s Kennet ‘Southern Streams Project’ focused on this area to identify and solve sources of pollution. Most of the pollution is from diffuse sources, and is being addressed through Catchment Sensitive Farming advice. A team of volunteer ‘muddy walkers’ has since collected evidence of sediment pathways reaching the rivers and in 2019 a new Southern Streams farmer group was established with water quality as a principal focus.
The Southern Streams were the focus of the successful Green Recovery Challenge Fund project ‘Sparkling Streams’ which ran from 2021 until 2022. The project was a partnership between Action for the River Kennet, North Wessex Downs AONB, the Southern Streams Farmer Group and Hungerford Town and Manor. You can see a summary of what benefits were achieved here.