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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.

Frensham sparkles come rain or shine

Bat walks at Tyntesfield

Don’t let the rain put you off - hoods up, wellies on, step out and see our glistening countryside...

Our wildlife certainly don’t mind the wet and will be just around the next tree or bush for you to spot.

Why not stop for a warming cup of tea at our café too?

 

Our new Tern Café

Some finishing touches to our refurbished Tern Café © National Trust

Some finishing touches to our refurbished Tern Café

For the first time since the 1970s, we’ve opened our café on the northern bank of the Little Pond. Pop along for tasty snacks, cakes and hot drinks....

Our café is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 9am and 2pm.

Our café long ago

Frensham Little Pond café  - days gone by © National Trust

Frensham Little Pond café - days gone by

For the first time since the 1970s, we’ve opened our café on the northern bank of the Little Pond. Pop along for tasty snacks, cakes and hot drinks...

Our café is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 9am and 2pm.

Start your 50 things adventure

50 things to do 

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...

50 things to do 

  • Make a trail with sticks
  • Create some wild art
  • Hunt for bugs
  • Track wild animals
  • Go bird watching

Download the 50 things app

LSE 50 things events graphic © National Trust/Alex Tarling

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

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

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