Mousehill – Rodborough Common – Ockley Common – Bagmoor Common - Mousehill

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The outward route passes through Rodborough Common, now a local nature reserve managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust and formerly used for military exercises in World War II..

Species include common lizard, grass snake, slow worm, various butterflies including the silver-studded blue.
Flower species include lesser celandine, bluebells, enchanter's nightshade, greater stitchwort and Germander speedwell.
The common is also home to several nationally scarce species nf invertebrates.

The return route skirts Thursley and Bagmoor Commons, which are part of the Thursley Common Site of Special Scientific Interest and are managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Species include roe and muntjac deer, sand and common lizard, smooth snake, adder, grass snake, slow worm, natterjack and common toad, nightjar, Dartford warbler, woodlark, tawny owl, woodpeckers, cuckoo, buzzard, kestrel, hobby and stag beetles.
Bagmoor Common is more wooded and provides a habitat for butterflies including white and purple admiral and purple hairstreak. The woodland is managed to encourage dormice and you can see the nesting boxes provided for them around Waymark 9.

There are five stiles on this walk, all occurring between Waymarks 9 and 10. These can be avoided by turning right at Waymark 8, passing Borough Farm and then turning left to retrace your earlier route to the car park, thus omitting Bagmoor Common.
Human and canine visitors are asked to keep to the paths Feb – Sept to avoid disturbing ground-nesting birds.

England - South England - Surrey - Common or Park

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Wildlife, Woodland
27/03/2021 - Stephen Harris

Walked 27.03.2021. A lovely woodland walk, very easy and some great woodland wildlife. Just after WP09, the ground was a little flooded but passable wearing boots (keep central, avoid the ditches either side, trust us, you'll be up to your knees!) Directions spot on, walk well written and lovely for a stroll. Parking area does get busy so arrive early to get a space. 9/10.

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