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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.
Walk our family trail this winter
Join us for a gentle walk around the commons - pick up our leaflet and follow the blue route.
At a gentle pace, little legs will be on the go for about two hours...
Natural play area for kids' adventures
Venture along the main path, from the Tunnel car park to the Isle of Wight pond, and find our natural play area - climb, balance and play close to the many wonderful creatures that live here.
Mums and dads can sit on benches and natter, while the kids play nearby...
When the leaves fall, the commons feel more open and wild. Low mists hover over the ponds and the wintry sun highlights the dark limbs of our trees.
We’re busy carrying out conservation work (clearing scrub) and our wildlife is stocking up for winter...
Some of our trees have been around for many years. We look after these veterans by thinning the younger oaks around them, giving them more light and room to grow even bigger.
When you’re out on the commons look out for us harvesting oak timber...