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Making Space For Nature

The Surrey Hills is home to some wonderful species. In partnership with our land owners and managers and environmental experts we have come up with a selection of species that if you are lucky you might see out and about in the Surrey Hills. These species will only thrive if we work together to keep their habitats managed and healthy.

Nature Recovery Strategy

In response to declarations of Climate Emergency, a nature recovery strategy has been developed by landowners and managers in the Surrey Hills.   

The strategy contains the context for our activities aimed at making space for nature; what we aspire to deliver; how we will collaborate to create positive change; who will be involved; and how we plan to fund it all. Although our geographical boundary is the Surrey Hills National Landscape, we are committed to working across borders to ensure that knowledge and the impact of our activities reach beyond the area.

Discover some Surrey Hills indicator species

Water vole

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Kingfisher

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Dragonflies / damselflies

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Great-crested newt

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Barn owl

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Turtle dove

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Brown hairstreak

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Hazel dormouse

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Small Copper

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Skylark

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Bumblebees

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Lapwing

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Common Fumitory

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Corn Spurrey

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Grey partridge

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Yellowhammer

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Harvest Mouse

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Salad burnet

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Bee Orchid

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Horseshoe vetch

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Small Blue

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Cross-leaved Heath

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Nightjar

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Grayling

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Dartford Warbler

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Marsh Tit

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Silver-washed Fritillary

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Barbastelle Bat

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Purple Emperor

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Nightingale

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Our Species Artwork

These illustrations are by an artist taking part in a programme delivered by Watts Gallery Trust and funded by the Michael Varah Memorial Fund. This series of 30 Surrey Hills Indicator Species were commissioned by Surrey Hills Society and funded by Surrey Hills Trust Fund as part of the Making Space for Nature Exhibition.

Our 7 habitats

Image of heathland

Heathland

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Arable habitat

Arable

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Lake in winter at dusk

Water

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Woodland with the sun coming through the trees

Woodland & Scrub

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Chalk grassland

Chalk Grassland

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Cows on a field

Pasture

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Hedgerow and flowers

Hedgerow

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Watch our Making Space for Nature film, celebrating the 150-year birthday of composer of the Lark Ascending, Ralph Vaughan Williams and our mosaic of habitats in the Surrey Hills.

This video was created in partnership with the National Trust.

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