Ockham Common

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Wisley & Ockham Commons & Chatley Heath

Rare heathland habitat by the side of the M25. Managed on behalf of Surrey County Council.

Location

Between Ripley & Cobham
Surrey
KT11 1NA & GU23 6QD

OS Map Reference

TQ 07078 58621
A static map of Wisley & Ockham Commons & Chatley Heath

Know before you go

Size
297 hectares

Entry fee

Parking charges apply from summer 2018

Parking information

Car parks off Old Lane (KT11 1NA), Ockham & Wisley Lane (GU23 6QD)

Grazing animals

Cattle

Access

Not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.

Dogs

Under effective control

Facilities

Toilets
Cafe/refreshments
Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

June to August

About the reserve

Getting to these remarkable reserves isn’t a problem. At the junction of the M25 and the A3, they are within easy reach of visitors from across the south-east. Take a drive here and you’ll be rewarded with more than 800 acres of heathland and woodland.

It is a nationally important site for dragonflies and damselflies, with twenty species recorded. It also attracts many rare birds, including the hobby, which is one of the few creatures that can actually catch dragonflies.

You’ll see how we are managing the valuable heathland to make sure that birch and Scots pine don’t take over. Surrey has lost 85% of its heaths in the last 200 years, so we work hard to protect the remainder. Ideally, we use grazing cattle, but we also cut shrubs and seedlings and clear some of the woods that were once heathland. It initially looks harsh, but the bare soil is soon covered with purple heather.

Take time during your stay to visit the Semaphore Tower on Chatley Heath. It was once part of a chain which was used to pass messages between the Admiralty in Whitehall and the Royal Naval Dockyard in Portsmouth. It was built in 1822 and is now the only restored surviving tower in a line of signalling stations that covered the entire route. The Tower is open to the public on specific weekends. Check our What's On pages for details.

Facilities at Boldermere car park

Parking

Please note that parking charges will apply at Wisley & Ockham Commons from summer 2018.

More information

Chargeable car parks:
Boldermere car park
Pond car park
Wren's Nest car park

Contact us

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

Environmental designation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Protection Areas (SPA)

Upcoming events at Wisley & Ockham Commons

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