The Chobham Common One Observatory Site is dedicated to the following people who have quietly and not so quietly contributed towards the conservation of Chobham Common National Nature Reserve.
Clive Watts – Surrey County Council Warden
Andy Wragg – Surrey County Council and Surrey Wildlife Trust Warden and Ranger
Gavin Harkness – Surrey County Council and Surrey Wildlife Trust Senior Ranger
Steve Fry – Surrey County Council and Surrey Wildlife Trust Senior Ranger
Dave Boddy – Surrey County Council and Surrey Wildlife Trust Ranger and Area Manager
Darren Brito – Surrey Wildlife Trust Ranger
Jill Titlestad – Surrey Wildlife Trust Ranger
Nikki Buckland – Surrey Wildlife Trust Ranger
Caroline Cope – Surrey wildlife Trust Ranger
Vicki Russell – Surrey Wildlife Trust Ranger
Scotty Dodd – Surrey Wildlife Trust Ranger
Dr Rachel O’Hara – Surrey Wildlife Trust Ranger
Ken Anckorn – Surrey Wildlife Trust Ranger
John Wilsher – Surrey Wildlife Trust Ranger
Gemma Hayes- Surrey Wildlife Trust Ranger
Michael Jones – Surrey Wildlife Trust Ranger
Andrew Jennings-Giles, Sarah Bunce, Markus Jaskari, George, Ellie Castle, Matt Sharp, Scott Hudson, Jenny Sibley, Scott Hudson
Practical Management Estates Team
Often wrongly overlooked for their contribution have been the practical management Estates Team. It was them that undertook the first major scrub clearances in the 90s under Countryside Stewardship. It was them that installed and maintained much of the reserves infrastructure and helped clear litter and fly tipping. The list really could be endless. Much more than just the “doers” many of them were passionate about the countryside of Surrey and were perhaps the staff with the most knowledge of all the sites across the county.
There are then many volunteers both parts of groups like the Model Aircraft Fliers (CCMAFA), Chobham Angling Society, the Thursday group (SWT) and locals who have made an incredible contribution to the physical management of the site.
Sometimes an individual volunteer comes forward and makes a personal contribution of time and effort which should be celebrated. So, maybe unfairly, we would highlight;
Dr John Pontin
Professor David Moss
Officers of Local Government
Long before there was any awareness of the conservation importance of CCNNR there were individuals and commoners who did their best to protect this wonderful place.
The Chobham Common Preservation Committee has worked tirelessly in this pursuit in particular Joy Mason and now Peter Higgs and Rob Searle continue this work.
Local organisations have also contributed, in particular Chobham Common Riding Association and the Chobham Society.
Chobham Parish Council has always sought to protect the Common and to emphasise its importance to the community both culturally and recreationally.
There have been many officers of Local government over the years who have worked with the managers of the common but safe to say that 2 deserve special mention.
Conservation Officers from Natural England
It is also true to say that without the support and understanding of the Conservation Officers from Natural England (and their ancestors English Nature and Nature Conservancy Council) then Chobham Common would not be in the condition it now is. Amongst their number;
Natural England Thames Basin Heaths Team
Increasingly important is the work of the Natural England Thames Basin Heaths Team. Not only have they got their hands dirty with helping with practical tasks they are the front line in building relationships and increasing understanding amongst visitors to the site, particularly dog walkers.
Apologies if you feel I have missed anybody, you can always try to persuade me of deserving additions! SF