Countryside

Elmbridge has 20 countryside sites, which cover approximately 550 hectares. The largest countryside site is Esher Commons SSSI.

You can find out more in the Elmbridge Countryside leaflet:

• Exploring the Elmbridge Countryside Part 1 - shows the wealth of things to do on the Commons
• Exploring the Elmbridge Countryside Part 2 - map detailing the layout of the Commons.

Esher Commons SSSI

The Esher Commons cover 360 hectares – 4% of the Borough. They run from Esher to Cobham, Oxshott to West End and are said to date back to Medieval times. They contain a wide range of habitats, including woodland, heathland and wetland and support a variety of wildlife, including rare butterfly, beetle and reptile species.

In 1995, The Esher Commons were designated by the Government as Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for their wildlife diversity. Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) are the country's very best wildlife and geological sites. There are over 4,000 SSSIs in England. SSSIs support rare plants and animals that now find it difficult to survive in the wider countryside. To find out more about SSSIs and why it is important to maintain them, see the Natural England and Forestry Commission websites.

Find out what to look for and see on the commons by using the enclosed maps:

Current management works on Esher Commons

The current management works form part of a wider Countryside Strategy which was adopted to strike a balance between nature conservation, recreation and use of green spaces. For further information on any aspects of Countryside Management, please contact the countryside team.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Countryside Team, please see the volunteering page

Family countryside events

         
Junior Rangers, Pond dip - Wednesday 4 April -
Drop in between 10 am and 11 am
Chequers Pond, West End Lane, nearest postcode KT10 8LF
Discover what is lurking beneath the surface of Chequers Pond. Equipment provided but is limited, please be prepared to share.

Bat Walk - Friday 6 April - 8pm to 10pm
Meet at 8pm in Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, opposite Blackhills, nearest postcode KT10 9JQ 
Learn more about the local fascinating bats.
         
Welly Walk - Monday 9 April -
Meet in the car park at 10 am.
Arbrook Lane car park, Arbrook Lane, Esher, nearest postcode KT10 9EG
Join us for a short, possibly muddy, walk with a stop for hot chocolate. Event will last about an hour.

Junior Rangers, Natural art - Wednesday 11 April - Meet in the car park at 10 am
Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, opposite Blackhills, nearest postcode KT10 9JQ
Event will last about an hour.

Orienteering - Friday 13 April - Drop in between 10.30 am and 12 noon
Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, opposite Blackhills, nearest postcode KT10 9JQ
Medals for the fastest finishers, certificates for all.

Wild at Play - Sunday 22 April - Drop in between 10.30 and 12.30
Near Chequers Pond, West End Lane, nearest postcode KT10 8LF
Explore, build, create and experiment! Equipment provided, just turn up and choose what you want to do.

 

Orienteering courses around Esher Commons

Orienteering is a great way to learn to find your way around the commons. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace. There are 5 orienteering routes available on the commons, depending on how far you want to go : yellow A - 1.5 kms / yellow B - 1.7 kms / orange - 2.3 kms /  light green - 3.5 kms / blue - 4.7 kms. For more information and to receive the detailed maps, please contact the Countryside Team.

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