Heath Week 2018

Heath Week 2018

Surrey Heath Borough Council logo♦ Heathland Crafts at Lightwater Country Park

  • Sunday 29 July, 12pm to 4pm
  • Find us at the Lightwater Country Park Café GU18 5RG
  • Free, suitable for families with school age children, drop-in anytime between 12pm and 4pm, dogs welcome on leads

Get creative! Fun for all ages. Craft materials provided.
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SWT logo♦ Chobham Common Evening Wander

  • Sunday 29 July, 8pm to 10pm
  • Booking essential, suitable for families, dogs welcome on leads

Join Warden Nicky on an evening stroll at Chobham Common National Nature Reserve. Look and listen for nightjars, a strange and mysterious migratory bird that breeds on Chobham Common during the summer months. Encounter other creatures of the night such as bats, roding woodcock and owls.

Places limited. Booking via the Surrey Wildlife Trust website.

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership logo♦ Bird Ringing at Heather Farm

  • Monday 30 July, 8am to 12pm
  • Find us at the Heathland House portacabin, Heather Farm GU21 4XY
  • Free, drop-in anytime between 8am and 12pm, all ages welcome, no dogs please

Did you know a blue tit weighs only 10g? That’s less than a £2 coin! Join us for an amazing opportunity to see this and other birds close up. Learn how they are ringed and how from this we are able to build a picture of bird migration patterns and longevity.
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Thames Basin Heaths Partnership logo♦ Moth Trapping at Heather Farm

  • Monday 30 July, 8am to 12pm
  • Find us at the Heathland House portacabin, Heather Farm GU21 4XY
  • Free, drop-in anytime between 8am and 12pm, all ages welcome, no dogs please

Explore the marvellous world of moths! With expert local naturalists on hand to help you identify what we find.
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Horsell Common Preservation Society logo♦ Bugs, Butterflies & Beetles on Horsell Common

  • Monday 30 July, 11am to 3:30pm
  • Find us at the Heathland House portacabin, Heather Farm GU21 4XY
  • Free, booking required for the walk, dogs welcome on leads

Join local expert Andrew Halstead to learn more about the invertebrates you might see on heathlands. Starting with a talk at 11am followed by a walk at 1:30pm onto Horsell Common. Suitable for all the family. Please bring a packed lunch.

To book your place, please phone 07557 170 836.
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Hart District Council logo♦ Heathland Ramble at Hazeley Heath

  • Monday 30 July, 10am to 12pm
  • £4, booking required, dogs welcome on leads

Did you know that heathland habitat is rarer than rainforest? Come for a jaunt across Hazeley Heath to learn more about a special and fascinating habitat and the creatures that live there.

For more details of this and other countryside events run by Hart District Council, please see Events Calendar 2018. To book your place visit www.hart.gov.uk/guided-walks, email countryside@hart.gov.uk or phone 01252 774468.

SWT logo♦ Butterflies & Things with Wings on Chobham Common

  • Tuesday 31 July, 10am to 3pm
  • Find us at Roundabout Car Park GU24 8TL. Parking charges apply.
  • Free, drop-in anytime between 10am and 3pm, dogs welcome on leads


THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO STAPLE HILL CAR PARK ON WEDNESDAY 1ST AUGUST 2018.
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Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust♦ Hairy Not Scary at Caesar’s Camp

  • Tuesday 31 July, 11am to 1pm or 2pm to 4pm
  • Meet us at Caesar’s Camp gate on Odiham Road, Farnham GU10 5AB – opposite the Shell garage
  • Additional parking available on nearby Sandy Hill Road
  • Free, join us at either 11am or 2pm, dogs welcome on leads

Explore Caesar’s Camp and get close to the cows that graze there. Find out how these magnificent animals are helping to manage precious heathland habitat.
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Hampshire Fire & Rescue logoHampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust♦ MoD & Fire Service Pitstop at Caesar’s Camp

  • Tuesday 31 July, 11am to 3pm
  • Find us at Caesar’s Camp gate on Odiham Road, Farnham GU10 5AB – opposite the Shell garage
  • Additional parking available on nearby Sandy Hill Road
  • Free, join us anytime between 11am and 3pm, dogs welcome on leads

Come and meet the servicemen that work on the Special Protection Area. The Ministry of Defence and the Fire and Rescue Service will be on hand. Take the opportunity to hear about vital military training and how we can all help the Army to do their job. With recent weather conditions and high risk of wildfire, the fire service will be sharing their advice on how to prevent fires. Emergencies permitting, there’ll be fire engines to get up close to!
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SWT logo♦ Heathlands Past & Present on Chobham Common

  • Tuesday 31 July, 2pm to 4pm
  • Booking essential, suitable for families, dogs welcome on leads

Celebrate heathland history and habitats on this walk around Chobham Common National Nature Reserve with Warden Sarah and Surrey Wildlife Trust. Explore the fascinating history that has shaped the landscape and discover some of the amazing wildlife that calls this remarkable place home.

Places available. Booking via the Surrey Wildlife Trust website. Parking charges apply.

Hampshire County Council logo♦ Heathland Trail: Family walk on Yateley Common

  • Wednesday 1 August, 10am to 11:30am
  • Meet at Wyndhams Pool Car Park, off Cricket Hill Lane, Yateley GU46 6AW
  • Free, no need to book, family-friendly, dogs welcome on leads

Join the countryside rangers of Hampshire County Council’s Countryside Service for a leisurely guided stroll around Yateley Common. Learn about heathland wildlife, history and how the heaths are managed today.
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SWT logo♦ Butterflies & Things with Wings on Chobham Common

  • Wednesday 1 August, 10am to 3pm
  • Find us at Staple Hill Car Park KT16 0ED. Parking charges apply.
  • No charge for event, just for parking. Drop-in anytime between 10am and 3pm, dogs welcome on leads

Learn about the butterflies and other invertebrates you might find on heathlands in the summer. Wardens Mike and Michael will be on hand to show you species and answer your questions. Three mini guided walks (c. 30 mins) are planned during the day at 11:00, 12:30 & 14:00, where we will take a stroll to see what we can spot. No need to book – just turn up! Arts and crafts activities taking place all day too. Suitable for families with school age children.
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Reading University logo♦ Dynamic Landscapes: The vegetation cover of Chobham Common from Ice Age to Present Day

  • Wednesday 1 August, 11am to 1pm
  • Booking essential, dogs welcome on leads

Dr Mike Simmonds of University of Reading will take us on a journey from the Ice Age to the present day, a story laid down over thousands of years in the peat preserved at Chobham Common. It documents for us how the vegetation has changed, the climate and what life may have been like for the prehistoric people that inhabited this dynamic landscape.

A few places available. Booking via the Surrey Wildlife Trust website. Parking charges apply.

Horsell Common Preservation Society logo♦ Heathland Hounds Pitstops with Dog Behaviourist

  • Thursday 2 August, 8:30am to 11:30am
  • Find us at Horsell Common Car Park, Shores Road, Woking GU21 4HQ Event listing with map

Pop along for free refreshments and to throw some questions at our dog behaviour specialist Natalie Light! Natalie will be helping owners teach their dogs new skills and discussing ideas for keeping dogs busy on walks!
Free, drop-in anytime to either session, all dogs welcome!

SWT logo♦ Evening Wander on Ockham Common

  • Thursday 2 August, 8pm to 10pm
  • Booking essential, suitable for families, dogs welcome on leads

Enter the fascinating world of a heathland evening. If we’re lucky nightjars will be churring, woodcock roding and bats flying! Bat detectors provided.

Places limited. Booking via the Surrey Wildlife Trust website. Parking charges apply.

Forestry Commission logo♦ Bramshill Forest: A Walk on the Wild Side

  • Friday 3 August, 10am to 3pm
  • Meet us at Bramshill Car Park, Bramshill Road, Hook RG27 0PR
  • Free, suitable for families, booking essential, dogs welcome on leads

Join Forestry Commission Ecologist Jay Doyle to discover the fascinating wildlife and habitats of Bramshill Forest. Fantastic for dragonflies and damselflies, reptiles and so much more! Learn how the Forestry Commission practice sustainable forest management and habitat conservation.

Please bring a packed lunch if attending the full-length walk. If the weather is very hot or part of the group want a shorter expedition, we can cater for lunchtime departures.

To book your place, please phone 07717 542 516.
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Thames Basin Heaths Partnership logo♦ Pop-up Heathland Hub

  • Friday 3 August, 10am to 3pm
  • Find us at Wildmoor Heath Car Park, Sandhurst Road, Crowthorne RG45 7PW
  • Free, drop-in anytime between 10am and 3pm, suitable for families, dogs welcome on leads

Fun and activities for all the family! Treasure Hunt, badge-making, quiz and much more!
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Surrey Amphibian & Reptile Group♦ Heathland Reptiles on Witley Common

  • Saturday 4 August, 10am to 12pm
  • Join us at 10am for a guided reptile walk or drop-in anytime between 10am and 12pm for creative crafts
  • Find us at Webb Road Car Park, Witley Common GU8 5QJ. No charge for parking.
  • Free, suitable for families with school age children, no dogs on the walk please

Join us at Witley Common to delve into the intriguing world of the reptile with Surrey Amphibian & Reptile Group. Improve your reptile survey skills in prime habitat with a chance to spot some of our native species. Or join our craft team to make your own special reptiles to take home with you.

Craft materials provided. There is no charge for parking if attending the event.
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♦ Further Afield

Heath Week runs 29 July to 4 August 2018 and all the events are listed on our Heath Week 2018 page
For events in East Devon hosted by our colleagues at Devon Wildlife Trust, RSPB, East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust and Wild East Devon, please visit www.heathweek.org. Now in their 22nd year of Heath Weeks! We owe special thanks to this team for inspiring us to organise our own Heath Week and for sharing their art work!
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For details of a fantastic free day of heathland discovery on Lynchmere Common near Haslemere in Surrey, with the South Downs National Park Authority on 31 July, visit Lynchmere Bioblitz.

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