Heathland Biodiversity

Heathland is a habitat of outstanding importance, supporting a range of species which are nationally or internationally rare or endangered. It should be emphasised that it is not only the heather dominated land which is important but the whole matrix including bare ground, scattered scrub, grassy areas and trees, all of which support a rich diversity of species. The national Habitat Action Plan for lowland heathland can be viewed at the Joint Nature Conservation Committee website. It gives a UK total for lowland heathland of 58,000 hectares and sets objectives and targets for maintaining and expanding the heathland resource.

On a local level, Surrey’s Heathland Habitat Action Plan highlights the value of the heathland habitat and identifies action required to maintain and enhance the status of heathland in Surrey and its associated species mix. For further information about Surrey’s Biodiversity Action Plan, including the opportunity to purchase copies of the individual Habitat Action Plans, please contact Surrey Wildlife Trust, School Lane, Pirbright, Surrey, 01483 795440 or visit the external link on this page.

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Contact details

Project Manager – Dr Rob McGibbon
Senior Project Officer – Marcus Turley

Project Officer – Christina Smith

Surrey Heathland Project, Artington House, Portsmouth Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4DZ
Telephone: 01483 579713
Fax: 01483 579740

The Heathland Project is supported by:

Surrey County Council, Guildford Borough Council, Waverley Borough Council, Woking Borough Council, Runnymede Borough Council, Witley Parish Council, Wonersh Parish Council, RSPB, English Nature, MoD and the Herpetological Conservation Trust

Surrey County Council
working in partnership
Surrey Countryside Management