An extensive area of open dry heathland, scattered with mixed woodland, owned by the MoD.

The lowland heathland habitat comprises dry heath, such as the lovely heather covered slopes on either side of Saddleback Hill, and wet heath around Wishmoor Bottom. There are areas of pine woodland and native deciduous woodland, and this diversity of habitats attracts a great variety of wildlife.

However, the heathland habitat is under threat from silver birch, pine scrub and purple moor grass. Alongside other management techniques, such as scrub bashing with volunteers, a grazing agreement with the MoD exists to enable Surrey Wildlife Trust to conservation graze Barossa

The Heathland Conservation Society are a local volunteer group who have actively helped to protect this important SSSI over the last two decades.  Their dedication and hard work have significantly helped to improve this area for people and wildlife.

Active military training area, respect militaty activity

Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Poors Allotment
1 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust
Wildmoor Heath
2 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Pirbright Ranges
3 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Off Kings Ride
GU15 4JE
Map reference
SU 875 621
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Best time to visit
Mar - Sep
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497.79 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Protection Areas (SPA)
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Surrey Grazing Project
Limited parking off Kings Ride
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Ben Habgood
Tel: 07891 850882