Bookham Commons

Ancient commons, mentioned in the Domesday Book, with grassland plains, mighty oak woods and serene ponds

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Bookham Commons

What's on 

Upcoming events

Boxing day walk

Tue 26 Dec 2017
11:00-13:00
Join us on a heart warming festive walk
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Wildlife

Water rail on Bookham Commons Surrey

Wildlife news from Bookham Commons - spring 2017 

Many of our birds are thriving on the Commons – read Ian’s bird news and concerns for our ancient oaks...

Goslings at Bookham Commons Surrey

Enjoy the first signs of spring on the Commons 

Maria, one of the Friends of Bookham Commons, explores the area on a spring day – discover the wonders on the commons at this time of year (external website)…

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History

two children playing at the Devil's Punch Bowl

What are commons? 

Commons today are valued for their protection of wildlife and ecology, where people are welcome visitors but the natural world takes priority. However, these sites survive in an unspoiled state thanks to a fascinating and often contentious human history of community identity, local memory and the rights of common people.

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Our work

Nightingale

Life on the edge – project to save the nightingales on Bookham Commons 

Nationally the nightingale population has fallen by 30 percent in the last 20 years and we’ve seen a fall in the nightingales visiting our commons too…

English oak tree

Harvesting oak timber 

Learn how we harvest the woodlands for oak once the trees have been thinned in the autumn and winter.

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Get involved

National Trust volunteers having a tea break

Volunteer with us 

We welcome new members to our volunteering team and none of the work we do would be possible without their help. Would you like to lend a helping hand?

Couple on bench between trees with lively dog

Friends of Bookham Commons 

The Friends of Bookham Commons work tirelessly to raise funds and help maintain the commons. Over the years, they've provided restful wooden benches, a boardwalk over a marsh and a bird hide on Upper Eastern Pond for you all to enjoy.