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Chitty's Common

Hidden between the houses of Rydes Hill, this green oasis is a wildlife magnet.

Chitty's is a local community common, hidden between the houses of Rydes Hill. This green oasis is a wildlife magnet whose importance is far greater than it's apparent size.

The Common provides a rich mosaic of habitats (grassland, secondary and wet woodland on a former wood pasture site and a series of connecting ponds and ditches), which are valuable for many notable species of local and regional importance.

The Common is a place to view many species of butterflies flying across the open grassland, as well as small mammals, birds, bats, amphibians and invertebrates.

There is also plenty of important dead wood that is left in situ which provides an ideal habitat for many invertebrates including the stag beetle, which is one of the most impressive and easily recognised.

Chitty’s Common is part of the 7 Worplesdon Group of Commons, which form an important network of greenspace for both people and wildlife. 

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Nearby nature reserves

Whitmoor & Rickford Commons
1 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust
Stringer's Common
1 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust
Littlefield Common
1 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust

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Rydes Hill
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SU 979 524
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5.00 hectares
Access from Keens Lane or Rydes Hill Road
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Tel: 01483 795440