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Notice: Sadly there has been a spate of car crime at our car parks. The police have advised not leaving any valuables in your car when visiting, including in the boot of your car.

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.

Visit and see our renovated dam

Our dam after renovation in 2013 © National Trust

Our dam after renovation in 2013

The recent heavy rain has been the perfect test for our renovated medieval dam. The renovation work started last autumn and was completed before Christmas. Just in time, as the pond has been at its highest level for at least 13 years.

See the changes to our dam

Our dam before renovation in 2013 © Tim Mockridge

Our dam before renovation in 2013

The recent heavy rain has been the perfect test for our renovated medieval dam. The renovation work started last autumn and was completed before Christmas. Just in time, as the pond has been at its highest level for at least 13 years.

Public Notice – land off Sandy Lane

We're proposing to grant a 40-year (continuing) lease of land for a borehole and monitoring box at The Flashes, off Sandy Lane.

Please send any enquiries about these proposals to Robin Satow by 5pm on Friday 16 May 2014.
 

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

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Just south of London, the beautiful 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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