Thursley Common is one of the largest remaining fragments of Surrey heathland and includes areas of lowland heath, mire and woodland, this mixture being one of the finest examples of its type in southern England. Supporting a range of typical heathland wildlife including large invertebrate populations, it contains bog pools, sphagnum lawns and in drier areas, tracts of Cross-leaved Heath on the sandy soils.
Damp areas support carnivorous plants such as sundews, Bog Asphodel and Bog Myrtle. There are large populations of Grayling and Silver-Studded Blue Butterflies along with smaller numbers of Woodlark, Tree Pipit, Common Redstart and Dartford Warbler.
The wet pools are home to over 24 species of dragonfly including Brilliant and Downy Emeralds, Golden-ringed, Black Darter, Keeled Skimmer and Small Red Damselfly. All these insects are rich pickings for the Eurasian Hobby, which regularly give fantastic views as they fly low over the pools. Sandier sites on the reserve provide homes for many species of solitary bees and wasps. We can also expect to see Common Lizard basking on the boardwalks.
This trip has excellent photographic opportunities so don’t forget your camera!
(Does not include reserve admission charges)