The National Trust owns, maintains, preserves and develops many woodland and wetland sites across the UK. Our view being to preserve bio-diversity and habitats to encourage fauna and flora. Our aim here is to inform and educate any one who has even a passing interest in their environment and is curious about what the Trust does within the local community at The Chase. If you would like to get involved with the Trust as a volunteer there are links from this site to the National Trust volunteer forums and National Trust central and local websites, where you can find out more.
♦ Heather Fisher: [Community warden]
Hello there! I’m the community warden for the Chase, which basically means I’m a bit of a jack of all trades. My job involves everything from practical management of the habitat, project management, working with volunteers and community groups.
I’ve always loved the great outdoors and have an absolute passion for nature conservation. There is nothing I love more in the world than going home exhausted and muddy knowing that I’ve spent the day doing something I truly believe in.
♦ Corina Dawson: [Head warden]
To the east of Woolton Hill village is an nature reserve known as ‘The Chase’ which is owned and managed by the National Trust. 2010 and 2011 saw the Rejuvenation project at The Chase which aimed to increase biodiversity and improve public access with the view to returning it back into a nature reserve and to remove parts of the woodlands for successful woodland management.
A tributary of the river enborne runs through The Chase and runs through a small lake in the North Eastern end which though enlarged by the sites donator for wildlife interest, historically was used for washing wool in as the grazing sheep were driven down the river to the mill.
The estate was given to the National Trust in 1944 by Sir Kenneth Swan and was dedicated to the memory of Anthony Collett – August 22, 1877 ~ 1929. who was born at Cromhall, Gloucestershire and educated at Bradfield school and Oriel college, Oxford. An author and writer on natural history subjects he was The Times’s nature correspondent during the 1910′s and 1920′s.
A total of just over 58 ha of conifer and broadleaf woodland makes up the Chase. It supports a wide variety of fauna and flora:-
Birds: Kingfishers/Blackcaps/Blue Tits/Great Tits/Warblers/Long-tailed Tits/Coal Tits/Chiff-Chaffs/Tawny Owls/ /Moorhens and Wagtails among others species.
Mammals: Roe Deer/Squirrels/Badger/Bats.
Fish: Lamprey/ Bullhead – Catfish/ Brown Trout
Reptiles: Adder/Grass Snake/common lizard/slow worm
Plants: Heather – Calluna Vulgaris/ Wild Candytuft – Iberis Amara.
The Chase has long been a favourite destination to walk for local village residents because of its rich bio-diversity, shady woodland paths and water course.