Heath Week

Virtual Heath Week 2020

Saturday 25th July to Sunday 2nd August

In collaboration with Surrey Wildlife Trust

#HeathWeek2020

Visit our Heath Week gallery for a taster

 


Heathland at HomeHeathland at Home

Looking for fun things to do with your family while the schools are closed? Check out our free downloadable activities. Secure your place in our #HeathlandAtHome gallery and look out for new challenges on social media during Heath Week!
 

Silver-studded blue butterflyHeath Week App

The Heath Week app is a heathland ID guide to help you identify and record what you see. A visit to your local heath could bring sightings of carnivorous plants, super-fast metallic-green beetles with ferocious jaws, nocturnal birds steeped in folklore and butterflies that can disappear right in front of your eyes!
 

Kids looking at a Heath Week signHeathland TV

Throughout Heath Week we’ll be showcasing the Thames Basin Heaths on social media and Surrey Wildlife Trust’s website. We’ve got a host of great things to share from virtual tours, crafty ideas for kids and wildlife spotlights. If we can’t meet you on the heaths, we’ll bring the heathlands to your home!
 
 

Wardens Flo, Dave and RupertHeathland in Focus

Browse heathland highlights from our archive and keep in touch with regular news & blogs. We cover a lot more than just nightjars! From beginning bird watching, reptiles and other wildlife wonders, to news from the MOD Training Estate, fire prevention and countryside law.
 

Countryfile logoCountryfile

Countryfile are coming to the Thames Basin Heaths for Heath Week! Catch the programme on BBC One, Sunday 2nd August at 7pm.

 
 


COVID-19 UPDATE: We’re so sorry to have to make the very disappointing decision to cancel Heath Week events. Your safety and that of our staff is our top priority and events will be back next year! Saturday 24th July to Friday 30th July 2021. 

♦ Big Wild Sleepout – CANCELLED

  • Saturday 25 July to Sunday 26 July 3pm to 9am
  • Farnham Heath
  • 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!

For more details and to book, please visit RSPB.
More details and location map

♦ Herd on the Heath – CANCELLED

  • Tuesday 28 July 11am to 12:30pm
  • Folly Bog on Brentmoor Heath, accessed via the Greyspot Grenade Range off Red Road GU18 5XA
  • 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!

Booking will be via the Surrey Wildlife Trust’s website.
More details and location map

♦ Nightjars at Chobham Common – CANCELLED

  • Tuesday 28 July 8pm to 10:30pm
  • Chobham Common
  • Booking essential, suitable for families with school age children, not suitable for dogs

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!

Booking will be via the Surrey Wildlife Trust’s website.
More details and location map

♦ Hairy Not Scary – CANCELLED

  • Thursday 30 July 10:30 to 1pm
  • Caesar’s Camp
  • FREE, booking advised, suitable for families with school age children, dogs on leads welcome

Explore Caesar’s Camp training area 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.
More details and location map

♦ Twilight on the Moor – CANCELLED

  • Thursday 30th July 8pm to 10:30pm
  • Wildmoor Heath
  • FREE, booking essential, suitable for families with school age children, not suitable for dogs

BBOWT logoExplore Wildmoor Heath at dusk and encounter some of the creatures that inhabit this twilight world!

To book your free place, please email rogerstace@bbowt.org.uk.
More details and location map

♦ Nightjars at Ockham Common – CANCELLED

  • Thursday 30 July 8pm to 10:30pm
  • Ockham Common
  • Booking essential, suitable for families with school age children, not suitable for dogs

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!

Booking will be via the Surrey Wildlife Trust website.
More details and location map

♦ Marvellous Moths – CANCELLED

  • Friday 31st July 7am to 10am
  • Wildmoor Heath
  • FREE, no booking required, drop-in anytime between 7am and 10am, 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!
More details and location map

♦ Reptile Roadshow – CANCELLED

  • Friday 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, no booking required, 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!
More details and location map

♦ Butterflies & Other Things with Wings – CANCELLED

  • Saturday 1 August 10am to 3pm
  • Chobham Common, Staple Hill
  • FREE, no booking required, drop-in anytime beween 10am and 3pm, 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! Free arts & crafts activities taking place all day too.
More details and location map

Dates for 2021: Saturday 24th July to Friday 30th July

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