Little Heath Meadow Contact
The site contact for our Little Heath Meadow space is Surrey Wildlife Countryside Team Tel: 01483 910087
This space is managed in partnership with Surrey Wildlife Trust
Region: South East
This open meadow adjoining the oak and birch woodland of Little Heath Common includes hedgerows, scattered trees, ditches and a pond. It is a great place for a peaceful short walk or a longer circular walk extending into the surrounding countryside. The adjoining Chobham Pet Cemetery established in 1932 is well worth a visit for its historical interest.
On street parking on Burr Hill Lane.
The Red Lion is open daily (except Monday) from 12pm and is nearby.
The site is free to use.
The land is generally level throughout, although uneven in places. There are no surfaced paths.
Well controlled dogs are welcome.
Walking, bird watching and wildlife spotting.
The site is dominated by neutral semi-improved grassland. A network of ditches support Bog pondweed, Round-leaved crows-foot and Water blinks, all uncommon species to Surrey. A small pond and a flood attenuation SuDS provide additional wetland habitat features. The site adjoins Little Heath Common Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI).
Chobham Common National Nature Reserve, Chobham Pet Cemetery, Horsell Common, WWF’s Living Planet Centre.
Burr Hill Lane , Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8QD
Site size: 2.2 hectares
This Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) was established in 2019. The purpose of this and other local SANGs is to avoid increased recreational pressure on the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA) from new residential development by providing alternative recreation areas that offer a similar experience to the SPA.
Little Heath Meadow was formerly part of a pig farm and then a tree nursery from the 1970s until the 1990s when the business closed. It was subsequently maintained by mowing. Following establishment of the SANG the site is being managed in accordance with a SANG management plan to maintain a peaceful and natural area for people and wildlife.
Current and future management seeks to enhance the biodiversity and recreational value of the site.
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