Wetlands are wide in variety on the Chase, although few and far between because of the mainly free-draining soils. The wetlands range from rivers, canals and streams to lakes, ponds, flushes (where nutrients accumulate due to water in-flow) and mires (areas of permanently wet peat). As well as supporting a large range of plants, wetlands act as drinking points and breeding grounds for a variety of birds and insects. The AONB has some wetland species which are nationally rare, like the water vole and otter.
Look out for:
Otter – member of the weasel family which includes badger, polecat, stoat and mink. It’s a secretive and nocturnal animal, rarely seen.