Places to see birds

Thursley National Nature Reserve

Male redstart perched on branch

Thursley National Nature Reserve is one of the largest remaining areas of heathland in Surrey. The reserve has extensive areas of open dry heathland, peat bogs, pine and deciduous woodlands. Resident heathland species include stonechats, linnets, woodlarks and Dartford warblers. A good selection of summer migrants are attracted to the reserve with tree pipit, whitethroat and nightjar on the heathland. Redstarts favour the areas of deciduous woodland and stands of mature pine.

The Nature Reserve is easy to navigate as there is over 1.3 kilometres of boardwalk with viewing platforms, giving access to the otherwise inaccessible wetter parts of the reserve. Common lizards can be frequently seen basking in the sun on the boardwalk, whilst raft spiders appear in the ditches and sundews on the bog. Good views of hobbies hunting dragonflies over Pudmore Pond make a visit in late spring and early summer worthwhile, whilst winter visitors include birds of prey and great grey shrike.

The reserve is just north of the village of Thursley, 5 kms south west of Milford and 8 kms south west of Godalming, just west of the A3.