Places to see birds

RSPB Farnham Heath

Nightjar on ground among heather

RSPB Farnham Heath reserve is part of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Once a conifer plantation, it has since been transformed into beautiful heathland with views across the Weald. In addition to resident woodpeckers, stonechats and crossbills, bird species that may be seen during the warmer months include willow warbler, chiffchaff, whitethroat, redstart, tree pipit and nightjar. Woodcock are sometimes seen on 'roding' flight just before dusk on summer evenings, roe deer are frequent and both adders, grass snakes and common lizards are present. The heather on the reserve is seen at its best in both July and August.

Take the B3001 south from Farnham. Immediately past the level crossing just outside the railway station,take the right-hand fork, signposted to Tilford. Keep on this road until just outside Tilford village where you should follow the signs to the entrance of the Rural Life Centre (0.5 miles). Parking is available here for the Farnham Heath Reserve. A visit to the Rural Life Centre is worthwhile, so please consider this for another time or whilst you are here.