Places to see birds

Bookham Commons, Surrey

Nightingale singing

Acquired by the National Trust in the 1920's the Commons consist of grassland - wet, low lying meadows, woodland, scrub and twelve ponds. The five largest ponds are man-made, formed for fish-production in the 17th century.
The range of habitats has encouraged the presence of numerous species including lesser spotted woodpeckers, nightingales and mandarin ducks. There is free parking at Commonside and near the Bookham Grange Hotel on the south side of the Commons and at Hundred Pound Bridge on the north side approached from Downside village.