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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.
New kid's natural play area
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
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
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