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Bishops fish pond amidst stunning heathland and abundant wildlife
Frensham Little Pond and Great Pond were originally created in the 13th century, to supply fish to the Bishop of Winchester and his court, whilst visiting Farnham Castle. Today the pond and surrounding area is a sanctuary for wildlife with always something new to see.
Around the pond you can spot many common and rare birds, such as reed bunting, sedge warbler and great crested grebe, as well as nightjars and woodlarks. There are damselflies and dragonflies darting over the glistening water in warmer months, and the banks of the pond are fringed with a multitude of yellow iris, purple loose-strife and common reeds.
The heathland is a colourful mosaic of purple heathers, fragrant bright yellow gorse and rich green bracken. There are ancient gnarled oaks and pines to be found scattered across the site, and many footpaths to explore.
Frensham is internationally important for the variety of rare and endangered wildlife that thrive on the heath and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area and a Special Area of Conservation. The Common and Great Pond are leased to and managed by Waverley Borough Council.
Spring bird watch - on the pond
Spring bird watch - on the common
Start your 50 things adventure
An outdoor adventure is always around the next tree or our 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...
- Make a trail with sticks
- Create some wild art
- Hunt for bugs
- Track wild animals
- Go bird watching