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Work off Christmas Dinner with a Wild Winter Walk

The Guide 2 Surrey 21/12/2016 Staff Writer

If you’ve eaten too much turkey and Christmas pudding this year, why not work off your seasonal excesses by taking a walk on the wild side with Surrey Wildlife Trust? With nearly 80 nature reserves to explore and a host of New Year events, there are plenty of reasons to get outside and enjoy Surrey’s winter landscape with family and friends...

Head to Chinthurst Hill near Guildford for a wonderful woodland walk up to the stone folly at the top. There you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views across the wintry North Downs and beyond. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the grazing pigs, which can often be seen snuffling and rooting for food.

Or grab your binoculars and take a trip to Spynes Mere, part of Nutfield Marshes, near Redhill, for some fresh air and a satisfying stroll round the lakes. This wonderful wetland reserve is a magnet for winter water fowl and waders. Tufted ducks, gadwalls and the odd pochard can be found at this time of year, together with mute swans, little grebes and greylag geese.

A walk on the vast windswept landscape of Chobham Common is inspiring at this time of year. This rare lowland heathland is the largest National Nature Reserve in the south east of England. Over 100 species of birds have been recorded here, including the rare Dartford warbler – look out for this small but special bird perched on top of gorse stems.

Or why not join one of these fantastic New Year events including guided walks, family fun, talks and courses? Here are a few wild ideas:

Wisley Winter Wildlife Walkabout - Friday 6 January 10am-1pm

Start the New Year with a guided wander around Wisley & Ockham Commons. Find out about heathland restoration, look out for wildlife and burn-off some of those Christmas mince pies!

Wotton Warmer - Friday 13 January 10am-12.30pm

Grab your hat, scarf and camera and warm your body and soul on this beautiful site. Walk through a mixture of habitats, some lesser known trails and explore this fantastic area near Dorking.

Wild Families - Saturday 14 January 10am-12.30pm

Get closer to nature with a fun session for the whole family at Newlands Corner near Guildford, with games, crafts and wild activities for all.

Winter Trees of Broadstreet - Sunday 15 January 10.30am-12.30pm

Join Ranger Jamel Guenioui for a two mile ramble through Broadstreet Common, Worplesdon, focusing on how to identify trees in winter.

For more information visit www.surreywildlifetrust.org

photo credits: Paul Roberts, Amy Lewis and Dave Foker  



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