Welcome to the

Revive the Wye Website

The River Wye is special for many reasons that are briefly described on this website. It is one of only a few rare chalk stream habitats in the South Buckinghamshire Chilterns. For many centuries the Wye has also been the main natural artery through Wycombe District and High Wycombe town, providing the foundation for the area’s economic and social development. It has a fascinating history. 


All rivers need people to protect and care for them. That’s the challenge taken on by Revive the Wye.
Desborough Park after channel renewal . Photo Chilterns Conservation Board

Desborough Park after channel renewal . Photo Chilterns Conservation Board

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About Revive the Wye

Revive the Wye is a community partnership. It aims to protect and improve the natural environment of the River Wye and to make it a special place that people can enjoy and in which wildlife can flourish. Learn more

About the River Wye

Follow the course of the Wye from its source in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the Thames. See the beauty of its natural landscape and contrasts as it weaves through High Wycombe. Learn more

Towards our Vision

Look at Our Vision – what we want to achieve over the next 20 years. If you have been inspired by what we are doing, think how you can Support Us – or just send us a message here

Why Chalk Streams are special

85% of the World’s chalk streams are found in England. Learn why Chalk Streams are so special and why the work that Revive the Wye is doing is so important to improving the Wye’s Ecological Status. Learn more

How you can support our work

Become a Volunteer, join our Friends of the Wye supporters group or make a Donation. There is plenty of scope to do what interests you most, even just learning about the Wye. It can be fun and rewarding.

A historical snapshot

The water power of the River Wye left the area a fascinating legacy of parklands, industrial mills used  for grinding corn into flour and then for papermaking, and of rioting mill workers. Learn more

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