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Burgh Heath

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Where is Burgh Heath and how to get there?
OS Landranger, Sheet 187.  Grid ref.: TQ240575, BCC map

Burgh Heath is approximately 78 acres in area and is dominated by the A217 and A240 which cross it.  It is also surrounded by high-density residential property that results in a high level of pedestrian traffic on the many paths that cross the Heath. Despite these factors, although rarely free of traffic noise, the Heath still provides areas of woodland and woodland glades where relative peace can be found

In 2014/15, as a result of residential development to the west of the Heath a new path was created crossing the Heath.   As part of the preparations for the work the whole Heath was surveyed and from that a new management plan for the Heath produced.  When published these documents will be posted here. 

Bus route;  420 from Reigate to Sutton
There is on road parking on and around the Heath
Natural History of Burgh Heath
The ponds provide most interest regarding fauna and flora.
The most notable species associated with the ponds include pillwort (Pilularia globulifera) a species endangered at both the national and European level. Other species of interest include Bogbean (Menyanthes trifoliata).   One particularly attractive plant is the pale form of the Common Flag (Iris pseudacorus v bastardii) that occurs in good numbers around the large pond, shown in comparison with the usual form below.  
The ponds are notable for the various amphibians present including, both Common and Great Crested Newts and in addition to Common frogs and toads, a stable population of European Green Frogs is present.   In the largest pond the population of these species is likely to be limited by the large fish population mostly originating from unauthorised release into the pond.

The ponds also contain healthy populations of wild fowl including Mallards, Moorhen and Coot. Herons are regular visitors. In the summer large number of dragonflies can be seen.