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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.

Our new Tern Café

Some finishing touches to our refurbished Tern Café © National Trust

Some finishing touches to our refurbished Tern Café

Later this summer, for the first time since the 1970s, we’re opening our café on the northern bank of the Little Pond. We’ll be serving light lunches, snacks, cakes and ice creams.

Our opening times will be available soon…
 

Our café long ago

Frensham Little Pond café  - days gone by © National Trust

Frensham Little Pond café - days gone by

Later this summer, for the first time since the 1970s, we’re opening our café on the northern bank of the Little Pond. We’ll be serving light lunches, snacks, cakes and ice creams.

Our opening times will be available soon…
 

Keep an eye on our terns

Our terns now have two lovely new nesting rafts. There’re currently two pairs nesting, one on each raft. Both pairs have chicks and our local bird expert, Shaun Peters, has seen one chick with each pair - hopefully there'll be some siblings too…

Bring your binoculars and see what’s going on from our viewing platform...

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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