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Listening for Woodlarks

Photo of a woodlark with a graphic showing that there were 196 pairs in 2021, slightly up on the previous season

Today we have a guest blog, from bird surveyor John Eyre, with his tips on looking and listening for woodlarks.

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Nervous anticipation

# Be Wildfire Aware "Extreme risk of fire" No fires, no BBQs, ensure cigarettes are out and take litter home

Sarah looks forward to summer, but the stakes are high! There are more than 30 heaths, heathland plantations and heathland training areas at high risk of wildfire.

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Fire Severity Index

The fire at Chobham Common

The Fire Severity Index is issued daily by the Met Office for England & Wales and is forecast to climb to ‘very high’ by the weekend.

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Why we need your help!

Still from a video showing a nightjar on her nest

Footage from last season shows exactly why we’re asking for your help in keeping to main paths and keeping dogs out of vegetation.

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Who are the Thames Basin Heaths Partnership anyway?

Graphic showing all 26 partnership logos

A truly ground-breaking partnership of 11 local councils, 2 county councils, 3 county wildlife trusts, RSPB, Ministry of Defence, Forestry England and more.

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Nesting: March to September

Cartoon bird on a nest

Keeping to main paths from March to September really helps to protect the rare birds that nest on the ground.

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Protection for local heaths


The Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area was setup to protect rare birds, but it does so much more than that.

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‘Greenspace on your doorstep’

Discover 'Greenspace on your doorstep'

Explore our directory of over 70 country walks across Surrey, Hampshire & Berkshire.

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10,000 years of heathland

Photograph of Langshot Bog at Chobham Common in Surrey

A recent scientific study has revealed the true antiquity of our local heathland landscape.

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Rare birds breeding in record numbers

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership

Kicking off the new year with a good news story! The Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area is in its 15th year and the birds it was created to protect are breeding in record numbers.

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Heathland Hounds member blog: Hampshire Search & Rescue Dogs

Today we hear from Gill, a member of Heathland Hounds and a volunteer with Hampshire Search and Rescue Dog team. A different angle on life on the Thames Basin Heaths.

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#Heathland at home

Photo shows a selection of our downloadable activities for kids including a make-your-own butterfly

News of amazing activities for you and your family to do at home. Free downloads, instruction sheets and resources!

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Countryside access, wildlife and you

What does the law say about our use and enjoyment of outdoor spaces and the protection of wildlife? Read our thorough guide.

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Schools and the heath: Making connections with nature

Kids at Bug hunt at Holy Trinity School's Nature Club

Our education team have been helping children at Holy Trinity School's lunchtime Nature Club to explore the wildlife of the school grounds and beyond. Education Officer Michael explains more...

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Take action! Conservation volunteering opportunities near you

Volunteering is a brilliant way to get active, learn exciting new skills and take action to protect wonderful wildlife. In this feature, Education Officer Michael introduces a page full of fantastic local opportunities.

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A magical world in the midst of busy south-east England

Thames Basin Heaths by Martin D'Arcy

If you've been taking your local heath for granted, think again, this heather-clad landscape is rarer than rainforest! Sarah introduces the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area and the ground-breaking strategy in place to protect it.

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K9 fire patrol

Polish sheepdog Eric

Could you and your four-legged friend help stop wildfires on our beautiful heathlands?

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Reporting and preventing fires!

The fire at Chobham Common

Please help us protect lives and precious habitat by knowing what to do if you see a heathland fire.

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The early lizard catches the sun

Photograph of common lizard on a log

Warden Jamie shares his love of native reptiles! Starting with the first spring sightings of common lizards on the heaths.

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Ash Ranges and suggested alternatives

Flags flying at Ash Ranges

Useful information for regular visitors to Ash Ranges and a couple of recommendations for nearby alternatives.

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Birding beginnings: A sign of a new season

How are your bird identification skills? Follow Warden Nick's journey as he progresses from an amateur birdwatcher to...ahem...a slightly less amateur birdwatcher.

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