On Chobham Common…

We are very privileged to live on the edge of Chobham Common, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the largest National Nature Reserve in the south-east of England and one of the finest remaining examples of lowland heath in the world.  After days of summer rain, the sun shone through today, and I took time to wander across the common this morning, appreciating both the wide views across the heath as well as the beauty of the insects and flowers that flourish here.  Larks were singing in the sky, and gorse seeds cracked open in the warming sun; spiders lay in wait for their prey, while dried leaves caught in their webs.  It is a beautiful place as I hope the slide show below illustrates.

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4 responses to “On Chobham Common…

  1. These are quite beautiful photographs, Tim. We live not far away, and one of our favourite haunts is Horsell Common, of HG Wells fame. The sunshine and showers have been the perfect weather for this terrain.

  2. Lisa Cespedes

    Beautiful pictures!! very artistic 🙂

  3. Nicky Maine

    Tim, we are daily dog walkers from the small car parks on Gracious Pond Road. The place is being devastated! I can’t believe the logging destruction currently underway can have any positive impact. Sure, stop the trees spreading if this is likely to be a problem – don’t we all love coming through the trees and up into the big wild expanse of the common ‘true’, but why fell this relatively thin layer of perimeter woodland, which helped keep things dry. It’s just going to be a bog by the end of the winter. Please let me know if you are aware of an argument (other than the commercial gains of the wood being taken away by the contractor) that will make this act seem less barbarous.

    • unwin

      Nicky – I am inclined to agree with you – but the argument adopted by those doing this is (I think) that they are trying to return the Common to what it ‘originally’ was and should be. The birch trees are ‘alien’ to this ‘natural’ environment, and that is why they are being removed. That having been said, I too liked the ‘discovery’ of the Common through the trees, and I regret their removal. Another point to note is that the woodland actually encouraged greater diversity, and acted as a kind of protective barrier around the Common.

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