Heath Week

Heath Week 2020 will run from Sunday 26th July to Saturday 1st August

 

Here’s a taster of how we celebrated the heathlands of Surrey, Hampshire & Berkshire for Heath Week 2019…

♦ Self-Guided Swinley Bingo Trail

  • Available 10am – 4pm, every day during Heath Week
  • The Look Out Discovery Centre
  • FREE, suitable for families with school age children, well behaved dogs welcome

Explore the Swinley Forest trails and compete with friends and family to find the most bingo items on your walk!
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♦ Big Wild Sleepout

  • Saturday 27 July to Sunday 28 July 4pm to 10am
  • Farnham Heath
  • £30 per adult / £15 per child, booking essential, suitable for families with school age children, not suitable for dogs

Camp out in nature’s home and sleep beneath the stars, experiencing RSPB Farnham Heath as never before!

To book your place, please visit RSPB Eventbright.
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♦ Brilliant Botany!

  • Sunday 28 July 10am to 12pm
  • Sheets Heath
  • FREE, all ages and levels of experience welcome, well behaved dogs on leads welcome

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership logoTake a stroll around Sheets Heath with Warden Flo and the Surrey Botantical Society, learning the identification features and the stories of the plants we meet along the way!

To book your place, please email florence.cordner@naturalengland.org.uk.
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♦ Englemere Pond Nature Trail

  • Monday 29 July 9:30am to 11:30am
  • Englemere Pond
  • FREE, booking recommended, suitable for families with school age children, no dogs please

Join us for a summer morning stroll around beautiful Englemere Pond. Exploring wetland, woodland and heathland habitats, and keeping our eyes peeled for wildlife – including a chance of close encounters with native reptiles!!

To book your place, please email jamie.neaves@naturalengland.org.uk.
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♦ Butterflies & Other Things with Wings

  • Monday 29 July 10am to 3pm
  • Chobham Common, Staple Hill
  • FREE (parking charges apply), suitable for families with school age children, dogs on leads welcome

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership logoOur very own Mike and Michael will be on hand to show you the species and answer your questions. Three mini guided walks (c. 30 mins) are planned during the day at 11:00, 12:30 & 14:00 – a stroll to see what we can spot. No need to book – just turn up! Arts & crafts activities taking place all day too.

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History & ID of Hazeley Heath – CANCELLED

  • Monday 29 July 3pm to 4:30pm
  • Hazeley Heath
  • £5 per child / £7 per adult, booking essential, suitable for families with children 8 years+, dogs on leads by prior arrangement

Learn all about the amazing history of Hazeley Heath and the wildlife that lives there.

To book your place, please visit www.hart.gov.uk/guided-walks.
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♦ Birds, Bogs & Boardwalks – CANCELLED

  • Tuesday 30 July 10am to 12 noon
  • Thursley National Nature Reserve
  • Booking essential, suitable for families with school age children, dogs on leads welcome

Explore Thursley’s boggy delights from the impressive boardwalks! Spot bog plants, including the carniverous sundew, or admire the array of dragonflies – one of the best places for dragonflies in the country! – as well as all sorts of birds, including Dartford warblers, stonechats, long-tailed tits, goldcrests, redstarts, whitethroats and birds of prey.

To book your place, please ring 07717 542516.
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♦ K9 Fire Patrol at Horsell

  • Tuesday 30 July 10am to 4pm
  • Horsell Common
  • Free, no booking required, all welcome

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership logoWe’ll have members of our fantastic K9 Fire Patrol with us, so come along and meet the team and find out how you can get involved…just by doing your normal dog walk. It’s all FREE, no training required!
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♦ Herd on the Heath – CANCELLED

  • Tuesday 30 July 11am to 12:30pm
  • Folly Bog on Brentmoor Heath, accessed via the Greyspot Grenade Range off Red Road GU18 5XA
  • Free, booking essential, suitable for families with school age children, dogs on leads welcome

SWT logoGuided walk to meet the Belted Galloway cattle, and if we’re really lucky, we may even spot the red deer grazing neighbouring Pirbright Ranges!

To book your place, please phone 07891 850882.
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♦ Insect Inspiration! – FREE TALK & MOTH EVENING

  • Tuesday 30 July 7pm to 8pm
  • Heathland House (portacabin), Heather Farm, Woking GU21 4XY
  • Free talk, no booking required, most suited to adults, but all welcome

Horsell Common Preservation Society logoJoin entomologist Andrew Halstead to learn about the insects on our local heaths! Solitary bees, robber flies, bee wolves and spider-hunting wasps are just some of the curiosities waiting to be discovered! For those able to stay/join after the talk, we’ll also have a light trap running to see what moths are about!
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♦ Nightjars at Chobham Common – CANCELLED

  • Tuesday 30 July 8pm to 10:30pm
  • Chobham Common
  • Booking essential, suitable for families with school age children, dogs on leads welcome

SWT logoEnjoy a summer evening during Heath Week. Discover the fascinating story of the nightjars that migrate from Africa to nest on Surrey’s heaths!

To book your place, please visit the Surrey Wildlife Trust website.
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♦ Horsell Hymenoptera (and Other Insects!)

  • Wednesday 31 July 11am and 2pm
  • Heathland House (portacabin), Heather Farm, Woking GU21 4XY
  • Free walks, no booking required, suitable for families with school age children, dogs on leads welcome

Horsell Common Preservation Society logoFREE INSECT SAFARIS! Join us for a walk onto Horsell Common with naturalist Andrew Halstead. If we’re lucky with the weather, a one and a half hour stroll, net in hand, should discover some interesting specimens! We’ll run two separate walks starting at 11am and 2pm.
More details and location map for walks at 11am and 2pm

♦ Heathland Hounds at Whitmoor Common

  • Wednesday 31 July 10am to 3pm
  • Whitmoor Common
  • Drop-in anytime between 10am and 2pm, suitable for everyone, dogs on leads welcome

Heathland Hounds logoHeathland Hounds love all things canine and have lots of information to share! Pop-in for free treats, information and training tips, or just stop for a chat about dogs!
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♦ Understanding Whitmoor – FULL

  • Wednesday 31 July 10am to 11:30am
  • Whitmoor Common
  • Booking essential, suitable for everyone, dogs on leads welcome

SWT logoExplore a globally rare habitat and learn about the vulnerable wildlife that makes its home here.

To book your place, please visit the Surrey Wildlife Trust website.
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♦ Reptile Bonanza

  • Wednesday 31 July 11am to 3pm
  • Boldermere Car Park, Old Lane, Ockham Common – signs will guide you on a short walk to the event location from here
  • Free (parking charges apply), drop-in anytime between 11am and 3pm, suitable for everyone, dogs on leads welcome

Come and meet the team from Amphibian and Reptile Conservation who will be showcasing some of our native reptiles! Join us for a guided walk around the heathland to see where reptiles live and what they need to survive!
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♦ Heathland Hounds and Natalie Light (dog behaviourist)

  • Thursday 1 August 10am to 3pm
  • Caesar’s Camp
  • FREE, drop-in anytime for a chat, booking essential for training walks, all dogs welcome

Heathland Hounds logoCome and meet the Heathland Hounds team and find out all about dog walking on the Thames Basin Heaths. Natalie Light will be with us, with FREE dog training and behaviour advice. If your dog is reactive to cattle and you’d like to learn how to walk safely near grazing animals, she’ll be there to advise and will be leading a walk to deliver training at a safe distance. Or drop-in for a chat anytime between 10am and 3pm.

To book on one of two training walks, please ring 07717 768748. Places are limited, so please ring to avoid disappointment.
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♦ Hairy Not Scary

  • Thursday 1 August 12 noon to 2pm
  • Caesar’s Camp
  • FREE, booking advised, suitable for families with school age children, dogs on leads welcome

Explore Caesar’s Camp with the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Get close to the cows that graze there and find out how these gentle animals are helping to manage precious heathland habitat.

To book your FREE place, please ring 07584 110035.
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♦ Heathland on Esher Common SSSI

  • Thursday 1 August 2pm to 4pm
  • Esher Common
  • FREE, no booking required, suitable for families with school age children, no dogs please

A free tour of the extensive heathland of Esher Common Site of Special Scientific Interest. Find out about the work done to restore both wet and dry heathland habitats, and hear about the Common’s very special inhabitants, including the heath potter wasp, the bee wolf and the viviparous lizard, to name but a few!
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♦ Nightjars at Ockham Common – FULL

  • Thursday 1 August 8pm to 10:30pm
  • Ockham Common
  • Booking essential, suitable for families with school age children, dogs on leads welcome

SWT logoJoin us to seek out the nightjars of Ockham Common. Learn about these amazing birds and how the management of this beautiful place is helping them!

To book your place, please visit the Surrey Wildlife Trust website.
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♦ Marvellous Moths of the Moor

  • Friday 2 August 7am to 10am
  • Wildmoor Heath
  • Free, no booking required, suitable for everyone, dogs on leads welcome

BBOWT logoBucks, Berks and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers will have their moth traps out on Wildmoor Heath all night. Come along in the morning to see the stunning moths they’ve caught!
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♦ Witley Discovery Trail Guided Walk

  • Friday 2 August 10am to 11:30am
  • Lea Coach Road, Witley Common GU8 5PZ
  • Free, booking essential, suitable for everyone, dogs on leads welcome

Join this guided walk on one of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation’s flagship Surrey nature reserves. Learn about our native species of reptiles and amphibians while exploring the habitat they live in. You may even be lucky enough to spot one…

Places limited. Contact ralph.connolly@arc-trust.org to book your place.
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♦ Bees, butterflies and bugs!

  • Friday 2 August 10am to 2pm
  • Wyndham’s Car Park, Yateley Common
  • Free, booking required for some activities, suitable for everyone, dogs on leads welcome

Hampshire Countryside Service logoWe’re celebrating the weird and wonderful world of bees, butterflies and bugs with a bee walk, a butterfly walk, pond dipping, bug hunting, pollinator displays and lots more!
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♦ Bramshill Beauties

  • Friday 2 August 10am and 1pm
  • Bramshill Plantation
  • Free walks, booking required, suitable for families with school age children and buggies, dogs on leads welcome

FREE GUIDED WALKS! Join Forestry England’s Wildlife Ranger and Warden Nicky for a gentle stroll around the amazing forest of Bramshill Plantation to find out more about how it’s managed and the fantastic variety of wildlife it supports. Starting at 10am and 1pm.
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♦ Heathland Crafts for Kids & ‘Ask the Warden’

  • Saturday 3 August 10am to 3pm
  • Lightwater Country Park Café
  • FREE, suitable for families with school age children, dogs on leads welcome

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership logoCome and meet the Thames Basin Heaths Partnership wardens and find out about the amazing creatures that live on our heaths! Fun for kids including FREE stone painting, badge making and colouring. No booking necessary, just drop-in!

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♦ Meet the Fire Service and the MOD at Caesar’s Camp

  • Saturday 3 August 10am to 4pm
  • Caesar’s Camp
  • FREE, suitable for families with school age children, dogs on leads welcome

MoD logoClamber on a fire engine! Meet the men and women who fight the fires and train here! Find out how you can keep people safe, prevent fires and help the Ministry of Defence!

Free guided walks accompanied by the Ministry of Defence 11am-12pm and 1pm-2pm. A chance for you to ask about the military training that goes on here, about dog walking, car parking and access to training areas.

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♦ Walking Through Time

  • Saturday 3 August 2pm to 4:30pm
  • Chobham Common
  • Booking essential, suitable for families with school age children, dogs on leads welcome

SWT logoEnjoy a stroll through time at Chobham Common. Explore the beautiful heathland and discover how humans have left their mark over thousands of years!

To book your place, please visit the Surrey Wildlife Trust website.
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