Explore Ash Ranges with Surrey Wildlife Trust

1st August 2019, 10:30 - 13:00

Ash Ranges is a 1,392-hectare (3,440-acre) nature reserve west of Pirbright in Surrey. It is owned by the Ministry of Defence and managed by the Surrey Wildlife Trust. It is part of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area and the Ash to Brookwood Heaths Site of Special Scientific Interest.

We will be guided by the Surrey Wildlife Trust Conservation Manager responsible for Ash Ranges.  Ash Ranges enjoys its Special Protection status because of the rare Dartford Warblers, Woodlarks and Nightjars that breed there.  It is also a haven for numerous rare heathland plant, invertebrate and reptile species such as sundews and the green tiger beetle.  We will hear about the conservation measures that are being taken to protect the area and experience the spectacular views that the Ranges have to offer looking towards the Hogs Back and North Downs in one direction and the Thames Valley with London in the distance in the other.

This walk requires a reasonable level of fitness as it will be about 4 miles and you will have to climb some moderate slopes to get to the top of the ridge. The walk will generally be along sandy paths, but you should wear appropriate footwear and the ground may be wet if there has been recent bad weather.

The cost for members is £10.00 and £12.00 for non-members including donation to the Surrey Wildlife Trust. Please bring plenty of water and your own refreshments if required.  Dogs are permitted, but must be on a lead at all times, and the walk is suitable for older children that can walk the distance.  There are no available toilets on this walk.

After the walk there is the option to return for lunch at the White Hart pub in the picturesque village of Pirbright.

Please note that the Ash range danger area is closed when the red flags or red lamps are displayed. At all other times Ash range danger area is open to the public for access on foot. Access is subject to the terms and conditions of the Aldershot and District Military Byelaws, which are displayed at all major access points onto the danger area.  The ranges are used for live firing exercises and you must never touch or pick up any ammunition or similar object.

Booking is essential. If you would like to join us, please book your place online at the bottom of this page. Alternatively please complete and return the downloadable slip here below before Wednesday 24th July 2019. Full event details will be sent to you closer to the event date.


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