Heather

© Lizzie Wilberforce

A heathland site that is a haven for protected birds. Managed on behalf of the Windlesham United Charities.

Location

Camberley
Surrey
GU15 4BE

OS Map Reference

SU888631
A static map of Poors Allotment

Know before you go

Size
76 hectares

Parking information

No car park - access on foot via Bracknell Road

Access

Not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.

Dogs

Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to September

About the reserve

Poors Allotment takes its name from the fact that it was set aside under the Enclosure Awards in the early 1800s to allow poor people in the parish of Windlesham to gather fuel such as turf and bracken.

Poors Allotment borders Barossa, a neighbouring heathland also under the Trusts management and is a wonderful example of lowland heath and acid grassland.

The specialist wildlife supported by Poors Allotment is found on very few other habitats.

The best time to visit is between spring and autumn. As early as February you can witness the display call and flight of the male woodlark and see male adders coming out of hibernation to bask in the sun.

As we move into March and April butterflies start emerging, including the silver-studded blue, brimstone and peacock. You may also hear the scratchy warble of the Dartford warbler.

By midsummer the heath is full of life all day and night. Hobbys sweep low, woodcock rode, nightjars churr and glow worms starts to light up path edges at dusk. In autumn, wheatears and other migratory birds pass though. And if you're really lucky you may catch a glimpse of a goshawk or merlin.

Contact us

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

Environmental designation

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

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