When we purchased the land in 2002, Farnham Heath had been used to grow conifer trees for timber. These trees out-shadowed the heather and all of the heathland species moved on. Today, Farnham Heath has been restored to a rich heathland, vibrant with life and colour.
A key feature of the site is our vast swathes of heather that stretch as far as the eye can see. The heather is at its best during July and August, when it stretches out in a carpet of violet and purple. The heathland supports a huge variety of species including Nightjar, Dartford Warber, Stonechat, Tree Pipit and Woodlark.
Heather loves poor, acidic sandy soils with lots of areas of bare ground. These bare areas are important for many species of reptile, including Sand Lizards and Adders, which can be seen on the reserve, as well as invertebrates such as the Green Tiger beetle.
Acid grassland habitat is another vital habitat for a rare and endangered species that can be heard chirping throughout April to July. The Field Cricket is only found on eight sites in the UK and we are very proud to have them here at Farnham.
Farnham's woodland and coppice habitat support a vast array of species including visiting Siskins, breeding Bullfinches, Crossbills and Redstarts.