Chobham Common

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Chobham Common is a 1,400-acre area of lowland heath a globally rare and threatened habitat, in Surrey. Chobham Common is a National Nature Reserve, Special Protection Area under the EU Birds Directive and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. 26 species of mammal have been recorded on the site including the nationally rare Water Vole.

116 species of bird have been recorded. The Common is a nationally important breeding area for European Nightjar, Woodlark and Dartford Warbler. and more. Chobham Common is famed for its walks and views.

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Earthwork castle:5.5/10
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Surrey, Home Counties, South East England, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
Oystershell Hill, Bee Garden Earthwork East, Bee Garden Earthwork West, Butts Hill, Bee Garden, Albury Bottom


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Bee Garden Earthwork West

At Albury Bottom there is a earthwork fort. The sub-rectangular enclosure is formed by a bank with an outer ditch some 10 metres across overall and 1.4 metres in average height, situated in a sheltered natural basin.

Bee Garden Earthwork East

The smaller fort to Bee Garden Earthwork West consists of a small bank and ditch.

Oystershell Hill

Oystershell Hill on the north Chobham Common and comes by its name due to the legend that fossilised oyster shells are found here.

Gracious Pond

Mainly mixed woodland on the Bagshot Beds, Gracious Pond has an interesting history. In medieval times most of the reserve was a pond owned by the Abbot of Chertsey and supplied fresh carp for the monks. When Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries and appropriated Chobham Common lands, the pond gradually fell into disuse and by the time the Trust took over it was no more than a patch of marshland. Today a stream runs through the middle of the wood, there are some interesting bog areas including an alder carr and the site is part of the Chobham Site of Special Scientific Interest.


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