2012 The River Ver A Meander through Time by Jacqui Banfield-Taylor

A local Book celebrating the River Ver, where kites are now seen.

This first major and comprehensive work on the River Ver reveals a fascinating story from source to confluence and prehistory to the twenty-first century of a chalk stream that has shaped not only the local landscape but the lives of people past and present.

With a forward by the renowned television presenter and wildlife photographer Chris Packham of Spring/Autumn Watch fame, the book tells of the Ver’s long, interesting and chequered history, including archaeology and geology, milling and watercress growing, problems with abstraction along with rainfall and aquifer records, abstraction and flow charts and comprehensive records and details of a selection of local flora and fauna.

There are wonderful personal memories and experiences sprinkled throughout the book of people who have lived, worked and played on or near the river, helping to bring the past to us here in the present, all complemented with over 300 illustrations, many never seen before in public and some going back more than 250 years.

The River Ver, A Meander through Time, makes it clear how valuable and important our chalk streams are and how vital it is to raise their profile and that of the rich diversity of wildlife they support. This beautifully written and illustrated book hopes to encourage readers to take an interest in exploring and caring for this superlative resource and its surroundings and help to give the River Ver its rightful importance now and for future generations.

This hardback book is due to be published in July 2012 and signed copies will be available in the first instance direct from the author at £24.99. Please email or call 07792 588892, or from the publisher – Halsgrove Publishing and all good bookshops (ISBN 978 0 85704 160 9). There will also be a book launch – date to be announced.