Countryside

Discover Esher common in winter

Follow the nature detectives trail leaving from Copsem Lane car park - nearest postcode KT10 9HQ.  Check out the trail's highlights before you visit.

Management works on Esher common - autumn/winter 2021

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.

Advance works notice - January 2022

  • Tilt Road, Cobham KT11 3HQ, from 24 January to 7 February 2022: we will be removing the top layer of tarmac across the width of the road from the development at 132 Tilt Road through to 12 Korea Cottages and replacing this with a new wearing course of tarmac. Parking will not be possible in the working area during the day although emergency access will be maintained. The parking restrictions during this time will be relaxed to allow residents to park further along the road.
For further information on any aspects of countryside management, please email countryside@elmbridge.gov.uk

About Elmbridge countryside sites

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:

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:

Volunteering

If you are interested in volunteering with the countryside team, please see our volunteering page.

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 countryside@elmbridge.gov.uk.

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