Countryside

Woodland management works 2022-2023

Watch the autumn/window woodland works video for more information about their benefits on public access and biodiversity.

Countryside management works 

About Elmbridge countryside sites

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

Find out more from 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.

What to look for and see on the commons

Interested in volunteering with the countryside team?

Find our more on our volunteering webpage.

Orienteering courses around Esher commons

This is a great way to learn how to find your way around the commons. It doesn't matter how young, old or fit you are - 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 contact countryside@elmbridge.gov.uk

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