Heath Week

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Sensory Scavenger Hunt

  • Monday 29 July 11am to 3pm
  • Lightwater Country Park
  • FREE – Suitable for all, especially families with school age children – Drop-in anytime between 11am and 3pm – Well behaved dogs on leads welcome

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership logoDiscover the wonders of Lightwater Country Park and get all of your senses tingling…follow our sensory heathland trail and you’ll see things in a new way.

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Butterfly Walk

  • Monday 29 July 2pm to 4pm
  • Hazeley Heath
  • FREE – Suitable for all – Booking essential – No dogs please

RSPB logoJoin Hazeley Heath’s RSPB Warden for a gentle stroll to see what Heath Week butterflies are around. If the weather’s warm and there’s not too much wind, we should be able to see Silver-studded Blue butterflies, and that master of disguise, the Grayling.

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Nightjar Walk

  • Monday 29 July 8pm to 10pm
  • Whitmoor Common
  • FREE – Suitable for adults and children over 12 – No dogs please

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership logoNightjars are almost impossible to see during the day, but at dusk there’s more than a chance of seeing and hearing them in their natural habitat. Join our wardens to learn more about these stunning birds and hopefully see one or two in flight.

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Three Churrs for Horsell Common: Nightjar Walk

  • Monday 29 July 8pm to 10pm
  • Horsell Common
  • FREE – Suitable for adults and children over 12 – No dogs please

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership logoAs the sun goes down, the magic begins… Explore Horsell Common with Education Officer Michael and discover the secret twilight world of the Nightjar!

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Butterflies & Other Things With Wings

  • Tuesday 30 July 10am to 3pm
  • Chobham Common
  • FREE – Suitable for all, especially families with school age children – Some uneven ground is unsuitable for prams, pushchairs & wheelchairs – Drop-in anytime between 10am and 3pm – Well behaved dogs on leads welcome

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership logoButterfly walks and arts & crafts activities available all day! Discover the butterflies and other invertebrates you might find on heathland in summer. If the weather is right, Chobham Common offers excellent opportunities to observe and learn about butterflies, bees, hoverflies and other flying insects, and learn about their special relationships with flowers, grasses and trees. In addition to some common butterflies, two rare heathland butterfly species are usually seen.

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Wildfire Roadshow: Crowthorne

  • Tuesday 30 July 11am to 2pm
  • Wildmoor Heath
  • FREE – Suitable for all, especially families with school age children – Drop-in anytime between 11am to 2pm – Well behaved dogs on leads welcome

Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service logoMeet the folk that fight the fires! Come along to Wildmoor Heath and find out how the brave firefighters of Crowthorne keep our countryside safe from fires. Clamber into the cab of a fire engine and have a go with some of the equipment they use. Chat to a fire firefighter about how you can keep your countryside, and your home safe.

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Insect Walk

  • Tuesday 30 July 2pm to 4pm
  • Horsell Common
  • FREE – Suitable for all – Some rough ground – No dogs please

Horsell Common logoAn opportunity for a leisurely walk with entomologist and Horsell Common Preservation Society trustee, Andrew Halstead, and a chance to see some of the insects that make heathland such a special habitat.

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Family Nature Day

  • Wednesday 31 July 10am to 1pm
  • Yateley Common
  • FREE – Suitable for all, especially families with school age children – Well behaved dogs on leads welcome

Hampshire Countryside Service logoHampshire Countryside Service invite you to Yateley Common to enjoy a lovely morning of nature activities. Explore the nature trail, with bug hunting and pond dipping as you go! Or step into our arts & crafts gazebo.

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Guided Walk: Dragons and More of the Marshlands

  • Wednesday 31 July 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • Thursley National Nature Reserve
  • FREE – Suitable for adults and children over 12 – Not all of the route is suitable for wheelchairs or buggies – No dogs please

Natural England logoLeisurely walk with the Reserve Manager at Thursley National Nature Reserve. Learn about this very special heathland nature reserve and the wildlife of its marshes. Close focus binoculars would be helpful. As would any dragonfly identification books you may have.

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Sensory Scavenger Hunt

  • Wednesday 31 July 11am to 3pm
  • Horsell Common
  • FREE – Suitable for all, especially families with school age children – Drop-in anytime between 11am and 3pm – Well behaved dogs on leads welcome

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership logoDiscover the wonders of Horsell Common and get your senses tingling…follow our sensory heathland trail and you’ll see things in a new way.

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Waggy Walks

  • Thursday 1 August times TBC
  • Velmead Common, Hampshire
  • FREE – Suitable for all – Well behaved dogs on leads welcome

Heathland Hounds logoSociable guided dog walks exploring the heathland in a responsible way. A chance to connect with other local dog-walkers and meet the team from Heathland Hounds.

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Reptile & Amphibian Roadshow

  • Thursday 1 August 11am to 3pm
  • Ockham Common
  • FREE – Suitable for all, especially families with school age children – Drop-in anytime between 11am and 3pm – Well behaved dogs on leads welcome

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation logoCome and meet the team from Amphibian & Reptile Conservation (ARC). They’ll be showcasing some of our amazing native species with live amphibians and reptiles! There’ll also be a craft table where you can enter ARC’s Heathland Art Competition and take a look at last year’s winners.

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Insect Walk

  • Thursday 1 August 2pm to 4pm
  • Horsell Common
  • FREE – Suitable for all – Some rough ground – No dogs please

Horsell Common logoAn opportunity for a leisurely walk with entomologist and Horsell Common Preservation Society trustee, Andrew Halstead, and a chance to see some of the insects that make heathland such a special habitat.

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Heathland History Walk

  • Thursday 1 August 2:45pm to 4:30pm
  • Hazeley Heath
  • FREE – Suitable for all – Some uneven ground – Well behaved dogs on leads welcome

Hart District Council logoJoin us with Hart District Council for a walk exploring one of the rarest habitats in the world. As we walk, we’ll learn about the heathland and the history of this beautiful place.

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Golden Letter Trail

  • Friday 2 August 10am to 2pm
  • Wildmoor Heath
  • FREE – Suitable for all, especially families with school age children – Drop-in anytime between 10am and 4pm – Well behaved dogs on leads welcome

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership logoCollect the golden letters to discover a secret word as you journey across the heath. Learn about this rare habitat along the way, and once your quest is complete, come and tell us the golden word…

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Nightjar Walk

  • Friday 2 August 8pm to 10pm
  • Horsell Common
  • FREE – Suitable for adults and children over 12 – No dogs please

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership logoA gentle evening stroll to discover the magic of the heath at night. We hope to share heathland delights including Nightjar and Woodcock, plus other rare and exciting nightlife that calls Horsell Common home.

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Nightjar Walk

  • Friday 2 August 8pm to 10pm
  • Chobham Common
  • FREE – Suitable for adults and children over 12 – No dogs please

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership logoNightjars are almost impossible to see during the day, but at dusk there’s more than a chance of seeing and hearing them in their natural habitat. Join the wardens to learn more about these stunning birds and hopefully see one or two in flight.

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Treasure Hunt

  • Saturday 3 August 10am to 2pm
  • Caesar’s Camp, Farnham
  • FREE – Suitable for all, especially families with school age children – Drop-in anytime between 10am and 2pm – Well behaved dogs on leads welcome

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership logoInteractive heathland treasure hunt. Solve the clues to find the mystery word and win a prize!

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Heathland History Walk

  • Saturday 3 August 10am to 12:30pm
  • Chobham Common
  • FREE – Suitable for all – Some uneven and steep ground – Well behaved dogs on leads welcome

Chobham Commons Preservation Committee logoA visit to Chobham Common, on a tour steeped in history. With Chobham Commons Preservation Committee.

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Secrets of the Common

  • Saturday 3 August 10am to 4pm
  • Blackbushe Airport
  • FREE – Suitable for all – Drop-in anytime between 10am and 4pm – Well behaved dogs on leads welcome

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership logoCome face-to-face with heathland characters from pre-historic to present times. Come and find out how people have lived and worked the heath over thousands of years and how you can play your part today.

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Forestry Fun!

  • Sunday 4 August 10am to 2pm
  • Bramshill Plantation
  • FREE – Suitable for all, especially families with school age children – Drop-in anytime between 10am and 2pm – Well behaved dogs on leads welcome

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership logoDiscover the history of Bramshill Plantation and the birds, reptiles, butterflies and wildflowers that depend on forest’s habitats. There’ll be a nature trail to explore or you can step into our arts & crafts gazebo for free crafts such as ‘make your own Nightjar nest’ or stone decorating.

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Reptile & Amphibian Roadshow

  • Sunday 4 August 10am to 3pm
  • Yateley Common
  • FREE – Suitable for all, especially families with school age children – Drop-in anytime between 10am and 3pm – Well behaved dogs on leads welcome

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Amphibian and Reptile Group logoSay “hello” to native reptiles and amphibians! Meet some of the amazing wild creatures that inhabit your local heath, with the team from HIWARG – Hampshire & Isle of Wight Amphibian & Reptile Group. They’ll be showcasing some of our amazing native species with live amphibians and reptiles! Or you can step into our arts & crafts gazebo for a spot of colouring.

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Guided Walk: A Trip to the Movies

  • Sunday 4 August 10am to 12:30pm
  • Chobham Common
  • FREE – Suitable for all – Some uneven and steep ground – Well behaved dogs on leads welcome

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership logoJoin Warden Steve on his Trip to the Movies…and a bit of TV…as he explores film and TV locations at Chobham Common. From Dad’s Army and Carry on Cowboy, to early 2000s science-fiction series Primeval and more recently Taboo. There are so many to mention! An absolute must!

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