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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.

Drift amongst our butterflies

Summer is here and lots of delicate butterflies are fluttering over our commons.

Why not pop along and see these delightful, colourful creatures…

New kid's natural play area

Can you balance on our logs? © NTPL/John Millar

Venture along the main path, from the Tunnel car park to the Isle of Wight pond, and find our new natural play area - climb, balance and play close to the many wonderful creatures that live here.

Why not bring a picnic too...

Stroll along our family trail

Bookham Commons family trail © NTPL/National Trust

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.

Start your 50 things adventure

50 things to do 

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...

50 things to do 

  • 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

Download the 50 things app

LSE 50 things events graphic © National Trust/Alex Tarling

Complete your adventures this summer with our brand new companion app, helping little explorers tick off their 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ this summer.

Available on iOS and Android, search ‘50 things’ App Store or Playstore to download and join in this summer.

Stay at Henman bunkhouse

Enjoy a short break at nearby Leith Hill’s Henman bunkhouse. Set in spectacular countryside the Henman bunkhouse provides accommodation for groups of volunteers or friends and families. Get back to basics in this chalet-style building...

Our beautiful Surrey Hills

Just south of London, the Surrey Hills stretch from the Kent border in the east to the Hampshire border in the west. Tranquillity and wonderful open spaces just waiting to be discovered.

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Discover more about the Surrey Hills by following us on Facebook - news, projects, wildlife and trivia too...