The county has over 3,500 hectares of this internationally important natural resource and the Trust cares for 64% of it.

Many of these impressive heathland sites are popular with visitors , such as Chobham Common and Wisley & Ockham Commons; the former being the largest National Nature reserve in the south east of England.

Lowland heathland is only found along the fringes of northern Europe and is protected under European legislation. The Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA) supports three threatened species of ground nesting birds: woodlark, nightjar and Dartford warbler.

Chobham Common holds some 5% of the whole UK population of Dartford warbler, including a significant proportion of pairs that are thought to nest annually.

Without active management, open heathland habitat quickly reverts to woodland. Consequently, managing these important sites requires on-going enthusiasm and energy.

Our Conservation Grazing Project is just one example of the way that we have reintroduced traditional management practices to reverse the decline of heathland in key areas. We have over 300 Belted Galloway cattle, 100 red deer and some 80 goats deployed across the county.

Find out more about our Conservation Grazing Project >>