Bookham Commons

Ancient commons, mentioned in the Domesday Book, with grassland plains, mighty oak woods and serene ponds

Bookham Commons

Things to see and do

Purple emperor butterfly

Walk our trail 

This walk takes you through one of the best woods in England for sighting the elusive Purple Emperor butterfly. See if you can spot one in the summer...

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What's on 


What's on 

Across the Surrey Hills including Bookham Commons, we’ve a wide range of events, guided nature walks and activities to entertain the whole family.

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Brown argus butterfly

Butterfly news 

The 450 acres of Bookham Commons has long been a ‘mecca’ for insects, particularly butterflies. Read about Butterfly Conservationist Ken Wilmott's experience recording different species.

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Our work

English oak tree

Harvesting oak timber 

Learn how we harvest the woodlands for oak once the trees have been thinned in the autumn and winter.

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Get involved

National Trust volunteers having a tea break

Volunteer with us 

We welcome new members to our volunteering team and none of the work we do would be possible without their help. Would you like to lend a helping hand?

Couple on bench between trees with lively dog

Friends of Bookham Commons 

The Friends of Bookham Commons work tirelessly to raise funds and help maintain the commons. Over the years, they've provided restful wooden benches, a boardwalk over a marsh and a bird hide on Upper Eastern Pond for you all to enjoy.