Chobham Common

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Winter works are currently taking place on Chobham Common, please see notice below

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Chobham Common is one of the finest remaining examples of lowland heath in the world. Public access managed by Surrey County Council, conservation managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust


Nearest postcode: KT16 0ED

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A static map of Chobham Common

Know before you go

574 hectares

Parking information

Chobham Common is served by 6 car parks. Please see locations below. Please note that there is currently no parking available for horse boxes

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Public access managed by Surrey County Council, conservation managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust

Access – During the summer a hard track is available from Longcross car park for suitable mobility vehicles.


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When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to September

About the reserve


Notice of works

On January 4th 2021, Surrey Wildlife Trust commenced annual winter works at Chobham Common to maintain emergency service access, firebreak networks and improve the heathland habitat for birds and reptiles. The Trust apologises for any disruption to those visiting Chobham Common for winter walks or rides during the four to six weeks while the work is in progress.

Fishpool and Monument car parks will remain open throughout the works. Roundabout car park will remain open, although the overflow area will be temporarily closed. Longcross, Staple Hill and Jubilee car parks will be temporarily closed whilst the works are carried out within close proximity to those areas. 

In the first two weeks of January the area in the north of Chobham Common will be active with machinery, so we recommend people visit the more southern areas of the Common during this period, where there are no works planned at that time.

About Chobham Common

Chobham Common isn’t just beautiful, it’s formidable. The largest National Nature Reserve in the south east of England is a wonderful example of lowland heath, one of the most ancient and characteristic British landscapes, originally created by prehistoric farmers. For over 200 generations rural communities have carefully managed this stunning open countryside, creating a wonderful, wildlife rich patchwork of mini-habitats. The few surviving heathlands are very special places providing a living link to our stone-age past. 

Bring your binoculars and see how many you can spot of the 100 different bird species recorded here. These include the very rare Dartford warbler, the hobby and the nightjar. If flora is more your thing, you’ll enjoy more than 300 species of wild flowers. Sweeps of purple flowering heather and sweet scented gorse dominate the heathland, while the wetlands harbour insect-eating sundews and rare marsh gentians. 

If you come in mid-summer, you’re likely to find several species of native orchids around the heathland verges. Watch out for frogs, toads, newts, adders, grass snakes, common and sand lizards, slow worms, 25 species of mammal and 33 species of butterfly. Stay quiet and tread softly and you might see foxes and deer. 

Chobham Common is also one of the best British sites for insects, spiders, ladybirds, bees and wasps. Some 29 species of butterfly live here, including the rare silver-studded blue, and 22 types of dragonfly hover and dart above the heathland pools. 

All in all, a wildlife paradise that’s too good to miss.

Car parks

Staple Hill Car Park - Staple Hill
Jubilee Mount Car Park - Staple Hill
Long Cross Car Park - intersection of Staple Hill and Longcross Road
Fishpool Car Park - Fishpool road
Monument Car Park  - Chobham Road
Roundabout Car Park - intersection of Chobham Road and Chertsey Road


Contact us

Surrey County Council
Contact number: 0300 200 1003

Environmental designation

National Nature Reserve (NNR)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)
Special Protection Areas (SPA)

Location map

Badger in grass

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