Surrey Wildlife Trust ranger spring update for Brentmoor Heath and Folly Bog

The entrances to the heathland off Red Road, and into Brentmoor Heath display a Spring update notice from Ben Habgood, the Surrey Wildlife Trust ranger for Brentmoor Heath and Folly Bog. He can be contacted at

In Ben’s Spring update notice he mentions to be on the lookout for orchids, which he says can be seen from mid-May onwards. I walked on the track alongside Folly Bog yesterday and found no evidence of their arrival. But then I’m no botanist. I’ll make a trip down to Folly Bog and see I can spot signs of the Early Marsh Orchid.

I think nature is a bit late this year. Our large camellia has only recently ended its flowering. In the past it’s finished its flowering in January.  [Click on the image to expand].

Surrey Police crime bulletin for Surrey Heath: April 2017: 1st Update

Surrey Police Community Volunteer, Steph Edwards, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath,

  • Surrey PoliceCrime No.45170036497 – Between 08/04/2017 from 10:00 to 09/04/2017 at 18:10, at Iberian Way, Camberley. Gained access to house by rear patio door, a search of the down stairs was made, went to rear  bedroom untidy search, then went into front bedroom untidy search done taken Jewellery. (Under investigation)
  • Crime No.45170033156 – On 31/03/2017 from 17:34 to 22:19, at Browning Close. West End. Gained access by smashing a rear patio door with a large garden stone, entered lounge drawn the curtains and carried out an untidy search of the master bedroom. Taken jewellery from the property (Under investigation)
  • Crime No.45170035551 – Between 06/04/2017 from 14:00 to 07/04/2017 at 01:23, at Uplands Road. Old Dean Estate. Camberley. Shed has been broken into and tools taken from within. (Under investigation)

Gordon’s School Insight Talk on the relevancy of the High Sheriff, Lord Lieutenant, and Police & Crime Commissioner

This looks like a fascinating evening, where Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner, High Sheriff, and Lord-Lieutenant discuss the relevancy of their roles. You can apply HERE to be a Friend of the School, and then apply to join the audience for the evening Insight Talk.


Answer to Photo Quiz No.40: Posts at the West End war memorial

We’re off to the shops – back later, possibly stressed, so can’t promise to reveal the answer until much later. Update: Back from shopping, actually, surprisingly relaxed.

The unusual posts stand in front of the West End War Memorial. I know nothing about the posts, which I know I should, since I asked a question about them. Looking at the copyright photo in Exploring Surrey’s Past, it shows the posts surrounding the war memorial when erected in 1923, and moved in 1972 to its current location at the junction of Church Road and Windlesham Road. The war memorial is Grade II listed. Click on images to enlarge.


Accepting the challenge to discover more about the bowl barrows in Brentmoor Heath

My admiration is boundless to the vast, nay, I’d say, encyclopedic knowledge of the readers and commenters to this blog. Yet again Speeedicus triplicatum leads when he says in comment to THIS blog article,

I’ve never found much online about the 4 Barrows next to the Red Road …..

He continues to add this wonderful piece of history about the bowl barrow site,

… The [Surrey Wildlife Trust information board] by the barrows always makes me smile when it waxes lyrical about the ‘tool marks’ on a nearby Sarsen allegedly made by Bronze age masons … actually, the Stone was trundled down from the A322 Roundabout construction in the 1970s by a JCB with sharp teeth in its Bucket !

Couldn’t resist Speedicus’s implied challenge. After some time googling, here’s what I’ve discovered about the burial mounds,

  • The Chobham website has some information on burial mounds in our local area
  • The Makers of the Heath by Iain Wakeford has a cracking photo, though focus is on Woking, useful none the less
  • Surrey barrows 1934-1986: a reappraisal by Leslie Grinsell, who surveyed the barrows in 1932, is the authoritative source, though a somewhat dry academic description. [Note: Click on Accept to download the PDF file]. Oh, and his report says there are 12 such barrows in Surrey Heath. But where?  More work for me to do methinks.

Below are photos of [click to expand], of the barrows, the information board, the sarsen stone, an aerial photo from the 1930’s [my, how things have changed], and a contour survey 1930’s survey,

Brentmoor Heath & Folly Bog Ranger posts his winter notes

At the entrances to Brentmoor Heath and Folly Bog, Surrey Wildlife Trust Ranger, Ben Habgood has posted his winter notes. [Click on image to expand].

I’m pleased to see there’ll be scrub clearance next year. Would like to know where in the Folly Bog work is to be done. The last major clearance was in 2010. Also, I’m somewhat surprised that further maintenance work is needed on the Esso pipeline in Folly Bog, after all the work earlier this year.

I’ll be following up on both of these items, and will report back here. Meanwhile, here’s Ben Habgood’s notes