Selborne Common

Selborne Common in spring

Discover the magnificent beech woods and flower-filled meadows that inspired Gilbert White

Selborne Common

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Selborne Common

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Wood Pond, Selborne Common, Hampshire

Things to see at Selborne Common 

We look after 267 acres countryside around Selborne. Selborne Common lies on the west of the village, while the valley meadows and woodland of the Lythes lies beyone St. Mary's Church in the east.

Silver-washed Fritillary butterfly

Selborne Common and The Lythe butterfly walk 

The sun-dappled beech woodlands and meadows of Selborne common attract hosts of butterflies in summer. Look out for silver-washed fritillaries and orange tips flitting across the glades. You may even spot a purple emperor as you stroll up the zig-zag hill.

Selborne Common


Selborne Common in spring

Wildlife at Selborne Common 

Selborne Common and the Lythes are rich in woodland species, small mammals like shrews, large mammals like badgers, and lots of butterflies.

Selborne Common


Walking up Selborne's quirky Zig-Zag path

Gilbert White and Selborne Common 

The Reverend Gilbert White (1720-1793) was a pioneering naturalist, and lived for most of his life in a house in Selborne called ‘The Wakes’.