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Frensham Common, Surrey

A sanctuary for wildlife. And people...

Owned by the National Trust, Frensham Common covers around 1,000 acres of attractive open Surrey heathland, pine and mixed woodland, and the 2 Frensham Ponds (Great and Little). This large expanse of dry and wet heath, a colourful mosaic of rusts and greens, purple and mauve, lies within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England, a Special Protection Area (SPA), and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The common provides a rare heathland habitat for a wealth of wildlife, including sand lizards, Dartford warblers, nightjars, and unusual plants such as the insectivorous sundew. Around the ponds, you can spot many birds, some of which are internationally important rare and vulnerable species, as well as native snakes and lizards, and butterflies and insects darting over the glistening waters. It's hard to believe that Frensham Pond Hotel has it so good, overlooking the Great Pond in the fluttering heart of this wildlife sanctuary.

3 magical moments on your visit to Frensham Common...

1) You take a moment to savour the sights, sounds and smells of nature. Ahhh
(Bird watch at Snowball ridge and the viewing platform by Frensham Little Pond.)

2) You run down the sandy beach at Frensham Great Pond to go for a wild swim
(Always check the water quality before taking a dip.)

3) You find your own scenic spot by Frensham Little Pond to set out a picnic

Find out more by visiting Waverley Borough Council's website