Village Wildlife

Common Blue butterfly - East Clandon - July 2010This page is about the 608 species of indigenous wildlife that have so far been identified as living with us here in the village and the habitats in which they have been found.

Since 1996, various plants and creatures have been recorded on a private 2-acre garden and meadow. The recordings gradually expanded to include Footpath 74, Back Lane, the Pond and over the years the number of areas surveyed for their wildlife has steadily increased to currently 16 sites -see Wildlife Habitat sites Map further down the page.

From 2008, four village volunteers have identified and recorded the wildlife, greatly assisted by Surrey botanists and wildflower and grass experts Judy Moss and Richard Jackson, lepidopterists David Smith and Herefordshire's Ray Birchenough and fungi expert Maurice Moss.

In summary, the 608 species identified to August 2012 are:

46     Trees and Shrubs
209   Wildflowers
23     Grasses
1       Fungi
2       Other Plants
78     Birds
12     Mammals
22     Butterflies
147   Moths
10       Bees and Wasps
24     Beetles and Bugs
13       Flies
3       Molluscs
2       Snakes
2        Lizards
10      Other creatures (Damselflies, ants, worms)

608 Total

Adobe PDF View the Village Wildlife Species List (August 2012)

..and we know there are plenty more not yet identified. Further surveys of The Common and High Clandon are next.

Soil Types

With the village encompassing three soil types, the diversity of our wildlife should be quite wide within its relatively small geographical area.

Soil Type
Clay North of Daphne Cottage, Back Lane
Chalk South of The Street
Reading Beds Between the Clay and the Chalk

Wildlife Habitats in the Village

Several public areas of the village were surveyed (a) to identify the wildlife their support - see the results above and (b) to identify the type of habitat they offer.

Wildlife habitats of East Clandon village

With help from Surrey Wildlife Trust's Sue Webber and Dave Williams, most of these public areas have been surveyed and one-page summaries describe their features, current management and suggestions for practices (as at Spring 2008) to potentially enhance the habitat for the benefit of wildlife:The Village Common in summer 2010. Birds Foot Trefoil, Oxeye daisies, Knapweed

Site 1 - The Common Adobe PDF

Site 2 - Ripley Road verges Adobe PDF

Site 3 - Sawpit Lane - North Adobe PDF

Site 4 - Sawpit Lane - South Adobe PDF

Site 5 - Tunmore Fields Adobe PDF

Site 6 - Tunmore Triangle Adobe PDF

Site 7 - The Street/Hatchlands back access road Adobe PDF

Site 8 - New Road vergeAdobe PDF

Site 9 - The Recreation Ground Adobe PDF

Site 10 - The Bund - on Old Epsom Road Adobe PDF

Site 11 - Old Epsom Road - Southern verges Adobe PDF

Site 12 - Old Epsom Road - Northern verges Adobe PDF

Site 13 - Footpath 85 from Snelgate Cottages to Back Lane Adobe PDF

Site 14 - Footpath 74 towards West Clandon Adobe PDF

Site 15 - The Village Pond Adobe PDF

Site 16 - Back Lane Adobe PDF


This project is no longer active but we are always most interested to hear of any indigenous species found in the village which have not yet been included in the Village Wildlife Species List.

For further information call Peter Smart on 222710.

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