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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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Help us spread the word!

Graphic showing multiplying Dartford warblers

Are you interested in protecting local heathland wildlife and greenspace? The biggest contribution you can possibly make is to help us spread the word!

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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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Celebrating 15 years!

Celebrating 15 years of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area

We're celebrating 15 years of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area!

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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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A brief history of grazing on heathland

In this three part series, Warden Rupert investigates the history of heathland grazing, its benefits and the welfare of the animals.

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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

Common lizard

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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An ever changing landscape

Removing scrub on heathland

Winter works are under way across the Special Protection Area. But should we be felling trees in this age of environmental crisis? In today's blog, Sarah mulls over why we keep heaths as islands in a sea of woodland.

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