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
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Unless the event is drop in please arrive at the event start time.
Early Years drop in session - Friday 14 July
Time: 11am to 2.30pm
Location: Chequers Pond, West End Lane. Nearest postcode KT10 8LF
Mix of activities including pond dipping, bug hunting and arts and crafts. Bring a picnic.
Junior Rangers - Wednesday 26 July - Pond dipping
Time: drop in between 10am and 12noon
Location: Chequers Pond. On edge of woods, West End Lane, almost opposite church. Nearest postcode KT10 8LF
Toddler Time - Friday 11 August - Mini den building (older siblings welcome)
Time: 10.30 am – 11.30 am.
Location: Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, Esher (opposite Blackhills). Nearest postcode KT10 9JQ.
Survival Skills - Monday 14 August and Wednesday 16 August
Time: 10.30am - 11.30am
Location: West End. Further information will be given at the time of booking
Learn how to make fire and toast marshmallows. Enjoy fire baked jacket potatoes! Booking essential. Contact the Countryside Team on 01372 474 575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Flying Machines - Friday 18 August
Time: drop in between 1pm and 3pm
Location: Brooklands Community Park, Sopwith Drive, Weybridge. Nearest postcode KT13 0YU.
Make a flying machine
Den building - Wednesday 23 August
Time: drop in between 10 am and 12 noon
Location: Meet at Copsem Lane car park at 10am. Nearest postcode KT10 9HQ
Can you build a den to withstand the elements?
Bat Walk - Friday 8 September
Time: 7pm to 9 pm
Location: Meet in Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, Esher (opposite Blackhills) Nearest postcode KT10 9JQ.
Find out more about these fascinating creatures. We hope to see Pipistrelles and Daubenton bats.
Family orienteering competition - Saturday 23 September
Start times between 10 am and 2 pm.
Location: Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, Esher (opposite Blackhills) Nearest postcode KT10 9JQ
Prizes for the fastest completion of the orange and yellow orienteering courses. To book a start time, call 01372 474575 or email email@example.com
To find out more about past and current Countryside Events see the Hersham Hub.
For more information on countryside events please contact the Countryside Team.