Chobham Common National Nature Reserve



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At 1,400 acres, Chobham Common is the largest NNR in the southeast of England, and one of the best remaining examples of lowland heath in the world. Habitats include expanses of heather broken up by deep valley bogs, isolated pines, grassland and gorse. The numerous ponds are fringed by mixed broadleaved and pine woodland. Chobham Common is internationally recognised for its birdlife, with over 100 different recorded species. These include the very rare Dartford warbler, the hobby and the nightjar. Over 300 species of wildflower grow here, and the wetlands harbour insect-eating sundews and rare marsh gentians. In summer several species of native orchids can be found around the heathland edges. Frogs, toads, newts, adders, grass snakes, common and sand lizards, and slow worms are found here, plus 25 species of mammal, including foxes, deer and rare water voles. Chobham Common is also recognised as one of the best British sites for insects and spiders, including ladybirds, bees and wasps, and 29 species of butterfly, including the rare silver-studded blue. Over 20 species of dragonfly inhabit the heathland pools.

Chobham Common National Nature Reserve
Valley End


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Surrey may be better known for its suburbia than its scenery, but the image is unjust. Over a quarter of the county’s landscapes are official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and along the downs and the greensand ridge you can gaze to distant horizons with hardly a building in sight. This is one of England’s most wooded counties, and has more village greens than any other shire. You’ll find sandy tracks and cottage gardens, folded hillsides and welcoming village inns. There’s variety, too, as the fields and meadows of the east give way to the wooded downs and valleys west of the River Mole.

Of course there are also large built-up areas, mainly within and around the M25; but even here you can still find appealing visits and days out. On the fringe of Greater London you can picnic in Chaldon’s hay meadows, explore the wide open downs at Epsom, or drift idly beside the broad reaches of the stately River Thames. Deep in the Surrey countryside you’ll discover the Romans at Farley Heath, and mingle with the monks at England’s first Cistercian monastery. You’ll see buildings by great architects like Edwin Lutyens and Sir George Gilbert Scott, and meet authors too, from John Donne to Agatha Christie. 

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