Rare birds breeding in record numbers


Nightjar are up 53% and Dartford warbler up 60%. The woodlark is up by 12%.

The Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area was created to protect three rare species of bird and we’re delighted to announce the 2020 numbers. By keeping to main paths and helping prevent heathland fires, you’ve helped the birds reach record numbers! Read more…


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Here at the Thames Basin Heaths Partnership we’d love you to fall in love with local heathlands and help secure their future by sharing three simple messages. Everyone can help protect wildlife simply by keeping to main paths, discovering ‘Greenspace on your doorstep’ and by learning how to prevent fires. Read more…

Pictorial messages for "Keep to main paths" and "Keep dogs out of vegetation", rare birds are nesting in vegetation March-Sept.

March to September rare birds are nesting locally on the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area. You can help avoid disturbance and give chicks the best chance of survival by keeping to paths and keeping dogs out of vegetation. Find out more about how you can help.




Have you seen ‘Greenspace on your doorstep’? Our guide to local countryside walks across Surrey, Hampshire & Berkshire. All the entries are listed in our online directory and 62 of them are listed in the booklet available to download as an interactive PDF. Local walking to protect the heathland.




Our #BeWildfireAware page explains why fire is one of the most significant dangers to heathland, how to prevent them and what to do if you see one. A quick response could make all the difference and help protect people, wildlife and property.




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