Red deer on Pirbright Ranges

© Jon Hawkins

Pirbright Ranges

No public access - military training area

A large enclosed heathland site with no public access. Managed on behalf of the MOD, this unique reserve is grazed by a herd of red deer by the Trust.

Location

Between Pirbright and Lightwater
Surrey
A static map of Pirbright Ranges

Know before you go

Size
1097 hectares

Parking information

No car park

Grazing animals

Deer

Access

No public access

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Not applicable

Best time to visit

Not applicable

About the reserve

Please note that this site is adjacent to a live military firing range and is not accessible to the public.

Owned by the MOD, Pirbright Ranges is one of the largest remaining areas of lowland heath in Surrey. It is rich in heathland wildlife, including many rare species.

Pirbright Ranges is a unique site in many ways. Due to the dangers associated with live-fire training, access to the reserve is highly regulated and Trust staff can only enter at certain times using special vehicles.

As a result of this limited access to manage the site, the Trust employs the help of a herd of red deer to graze the site and help stop invasive scrub from reclaiming the heath. These semi-wild animals are well adapted to the local environment and require minimal human intervention.

About conservation grazing

Pirbright Ranges is of great importance for its bird populations, which include nightjar, dartford warbler and woodlark. The site is also a wintering ground for the great grey shrike.

The site also supports adders, grass snakes, lizards, slow worms and the heath tiger beetle, of which only four colonies exist in Surrey.

 

Contact us

Contact number: 01483 795440
Contact email: info@surreywt.org.uk

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Protection Areas (SPA)

No public access - military training area with live ammunition.