Wildlife on Ludshott Commons

Heathland wildlife such as the Dartford Warbler, nightjar, woodlark, silver studded blue butterfly, green tiger beetle and sand lizard are found on Ludshott Common.

All these species have very specific requirements. They need a mix of tall bushy heather, scattered trees, clumps of gorse and bare sandy patches.
 
In spring the yellow gorse brightens the heath
Beautiful yellow gorse
In spring the yellow gorse brightens the heath
 
In order for these species to survive, we manage the heath so that it provides the necessary mosaic of habitat. 
 
The reptile population was destroyed by fire in 1980, but sand lizards were re-introduced to a small area in 1993 and are now thriving.
 
 
 
Some woodland is retained to provide a habitat for birds like the redstart, wood warbler and goshawk.