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Ancient commons, mentioned in the Domesday Book, with grassland plains, mighty oak woods and serene ponds
Bookham Commons' varied landscapes, from ancient oak woods to grassland plains and tranquil ponds, support an abundance of wildlife, which can be heard and seen throughout the seasons.
Listen out for tuneful nightingales and warblers in the spring, and in summer look for insects hovering over the ponds. If you're lucky, you may also spot the beautiful, but elusive, Purple Emperor butterfly.
Bookham Commons is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and since 1941 the London Natural History Society has been carrying out a survey of the wildlife, making it one of the best recorded and thoroughly studied areas in the country.
Stroll along our new family trail
Discover how to age a tree and so much more... Pick up our leaflet and follow the blue route - at a gentle pace, little legs will be on the go for about two hours.
Bookham sparkles come rain or shine
Don’t let the rain put you off - brollies up, wellies on, step out and see our wildlife. Our wildfowl certainly don’t mind the rain, and you can shelter for a while inside our bird hide.
Start your 50 things adventure
An outdoor adventure is always around the next tree or pond. And our list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ will set you on your own adventure here.
Try one or two of our adventures...
- Build a den
- Run around in the rain
- Make a trail with sticks
- Hunt for bugs
- Track wild animals
- Go on a nature walk a night
- Go bird watching