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Waverley Local Nature Reserves

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Rowhill Copse

Declaring Authority: Waverley Borough Council

Year of declaration: 1984

Grid reference: SU 853 497

Location: North of Farnham

Area: 24 ha

Rowhill Copse, which straddles the Surrey and Hampshire border is an area of mixed woodland with hazel and sweet chestnut coppice. There is also a field, ponds, streams, a bog, and an area of heathland. The head of Blackwater stream is to the Surrey side.

The Flashes

Declaring Authority: Waverley Borough Council

Year of declaration: 1992

Grid reference: SU 863 399

Location: Between Frensham and Hindhead

Area: 114 ha

The Flashes is a part of Frensham Common and is a heathland area, which also includes the small series of hills called The Devil's Jumps. The Local Nature Reserve is part of the much larger Thursley, Hankley and Frensham Commons Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and part of the Wealden Heaths Special Protection Area (of European importance) for its bird, reptile and invertebrate populations.

The Local Nature Reserve is largely a river valley mire dominated by purple moor-grass, cross-leaved heath, common cottongrass (Eriphorum angustifolium)*, ling, rushes and Sphagnum mosses. The bog on The Flashes contains an important area of peatland.

*Name in brackets is the Latin name.

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  • Updated: 29 Aug 2012
  • Diane Cooper
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