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Thursley Common

Official nameThursley & Ockley Bog
Designated14 February 1994
Reference no.647[1]
Thursley Common, looking over the bog pools in wintertime

Thursley Common is a heathland Site of Special Scientific Interest and national nature reserve in Surrey, England.


Thursley Common, looking towards Pudmore Pond

Thursley Common is an area of some 350 hectares of heathland in the southwest of Surrey, England. It is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and as a national nature reserve.[2] Lying between the villages of Thursley and Elstead, the common is generally 2–300 feet above sea-level.


In 2006, 60% of the common was burnt, but was regenerating by 2010.[3]


Common Lizard on one of the boardwalks

It is one of the last remaining heathlands in Surrey. It is famed for its diverse wildlife. Whilst crossbill, red kite, woodlark and stonechat are regularly seen, birds such as Dartford warbler, whinchat, wheatear, tree pipit and redstart are frequently encountered. Rarer birds include osprey, black redstart and great grey shrikealso visit the common. The Common is also an ideal place to see viviparous lizard or common lizard.


  1. ^ "Thursley & Ockley Bog". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Thursley NNR". Natural England. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Heathland: A Burning Issue". The Independent. 13 July 2010.

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