Countryside Heath Week returns

Heath week runs from 25 to 31 July and is an opportunity to celebrate and learn more about Surrey's heathland habitat. Organised by the Thames Basin and Heath's Partnership and supported by local partners such as Surrey Wildlife Trust and the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, Heath week offers the opportunity to take part in a whole host of free events.

Heath week shines a light on an incredibly rare wildlife habitat. Rarer even than the rainforest! There are amazing nocturnal birds that come all the way from Africa to breed here! There are rare butterflies you won't see anywhere else and there are all six species of reptile that are native to the UK.

Our heaths are amazing and precious and we all need to play our part in protecting them.

There's lots going on to get everyone outside discovering more about their local Surrey heath including;

Butterflies and other things with wings

Join Thames Basin and Heath's wardens on a mini guided walk to look for butterflies and other invertebrates you might find on a heathland in summer.

When: Monday 25 July.

Mini-guided walks will leave the car park at 11am, 12pm and 1pm. Short walks of approx. half an hour in small groups.

Where: Chobham Common, Staple Hill Car Park, Staple Hill Road, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8TU. What3Words: regard.dollar.headed. Free parking available.

Other information: The event is free and suitable for all, especially families with school age children. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

Wildfire roadshow

Clamber into the cab of a fire engine or take a closer look at one of the off-road vehicles Surrey Fire & Rescue Service use locally (subject to availability). Come and meet the crews and see what new technology they're using to fight and investigate wildfires.

When: Monday 25 July

Drop-in anytime between 11am and 2pm.

Where: Chobham Common, Roundabout Car Park, Chobham Road, Chobham, Surrey Heath GU24 8TL. What3Words: pasta.wounds.gloves. Free parking available.

Other information: The event is free and suitable for all, especially families with school age children. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

Herbivores

Join the Thames Basin and Heaths wardens on a mini guided walk to find out more about the benefits of grazing heathland with animals such as cattle, goats and ponies.

When: Tuesday 26 July

Mini-guided walks will leave the car park at 12am and 13:30pm. Short walks of approx. half an hour in small groups.

Where: Whitmoor Common, Saltbox Road Car Park, Salt Box Road, Guildford, Surrey GU3 3LH. What3Words: meant.themes.rugs. Free parking available.

Other information: The event is free and suitable for all, especially families with school age children. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

Reptile and amphibian roadshow

Meet some of the amazing amphibians and reptiles that inhabit your local heath, with the team from Amphibian and Reptile Conservation! Discover some amazing native species with live amphibians and reptiles!

When: Friday 29 July

Drop-in anytime between 11am and 3pm.

Where: Ockham Common, Boldermere Car Park on Old Lane, Ockham, Guildford, Surrey KT11 1NA. What3Words: became.pardon.hood. Free parking available.

Other information: The event is free and suitable for all, especially families with school age children. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

Nightjars at Ockham Common

Explore Ockham Common and discover the secret twilight world of the Nightjar – a mysterious bird that remains hidden during the day!

When: Friday 29 July

Event runs from 8pm to 10.30pm.

Where: Ockham Common, nearest postcode KT11 1NR . Meeting point confirmed on booking. Free parking available.

Other information: The event is free and suitable for all. Booking is essential. No dogs please.

Chobham common history walk

Join the Chobham Commons Preservation Committee on a free guided walk exploring the southern part of historic Chobham Common.

When: Sunday 31 July

Event runs from 2pm to 4pm

Where: Chobham Common, Roundabout Car Park, Chobham Road, Chobham, Surrey Heath GU24 8TL.

Other information: The event is free, but donations to the Chobham Commons Preservation Committee welcome. Suitable for everyone able to comfortably walk on heathland tracks for around 3 miles. Booking is essential. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

Nightjars and nocturnal nature

Discover the wonders of nocturnal heathland nature. From distinctive Nightjar churring to marvellous moths. Enjoy a guided walks of the heath at night and learn moth observing skills.

When: Sunday 31 July

Event runs from 8pm to 10.30pm

Where: Whitmoor Common, Saltbox Road Car Park, Salt Box Road, Guildford, Surrey GU3 3LH. What3Words: meant.themes.rugs. Free parking available.

Other information: The event is free and suitable for everyone. Booking is essential. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

For further details on all events and booking information visit the Thames Basin and Heaths website