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.  

 Junior Rangers -  Wednesday 5 April  
Time: 10am to 11am. Meet at 10am.
Copsem Lane car park, Copsem Lane, nearest postcode KT10 9HQ
Help the Countryside Team pull pine from the heathland and enjoy a hot chocolate afterwards!

Orienteering - Friday 7 April
Time: drop in between 10.30am and 12. Last start 12 noon.
Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, opposite Blackhills. Nearest postcode KT10 9JQ
Navigate round one of the permanent orienteering courses on the Esher Commons. Choose from an easy yellow course to a challenging blue one. Most suited to ages 6 plus.

Den building - Monday 10 April    
Time: 10am to 12 noon. Meet at 10am.
Copsem Lane car park, Copsem Lane, nearest postcode KT10 9HQ
Can you build a den to withstand the elements?

Junior Rangers Pond dip - Wednesday 12 April 
Time: 10am to 11am
Chequers Pond, West End Lane, on edge of woods. Nearest postcode KT10 8LF
Discover what is lurking beneath the surface of Chequers Pond. Equipment provided but please be prepared to share.

Bat Walk - Friday 28 April 
Time: 8.30pm to 10.30pm
Location: Horseshoe Clump car park. Nearest postcode KT10 9JQ
Find out about these fascinating creatures with the Countryside Officer. We hope to see Pipistrelle and Daubenton bats.

Toddler Time - Friday 12 May
Time: 10.30am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Chequers Pond, West End Lane (pond is on edge of woods, near the church). Nearest postcode KT10 8LF
Theme is bugs. Today's sessions will include pond dipping so please make sure children are dressed appropriately and bring a change of clothes.

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.

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