Godalming area birds

Godalming area birds

Thorncombe Street site information

Thorncombe Street (sometimes referred to as the Thorncombe Valley) lies in south Surrey, within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The hamlet of Thorncombe Street is 1.5 miles SSW of Bramley village, almost half-way between Godalming and Cranleigh, and is the chosen name of the wider area in which I bird.

The recording area comprises of typical habitats found on lower greensand. Pastoral farmland and shooting estates are the most predominant, with deciduous woodland, some mixed woodland and water bodies also a common feature. A tiny, unnamed tributary of the River Wey runs from the north, through Mill Pond and Thorncombe Park, down to Winkworth Arboretum. 

A National Trust property, Winkworth lies in the south-west. The south of the area holds some sandier ground, with coniferous plantations present. A number of footpaths run through the entire area but are little walked, and wildlife suffers lessened disturbance as a result. 

The area has been heavily under recorded, no doubt partly due to it's remoteness (within a Surrey context). Aside from thoroughly encouraging all birders/naturalists to explore the area, I also ask that if anyone does, records to me would be gratefully received @godalmingareabirds or godalmingareabirds@gmail.com.

Nearest town: Bramley

Parking: For the 3 main areas - the lay-by on Snowdenham Road to the W of Mill Pond, the lay by by the telephone box outside Rowe Barn Farm or the lay by just N of Scotsland Farm. 

Access: Much private land, but also plenty of footpaths running through the site, most of which offer spectacular scenery. Mill Pond and Bramley Park Lake can be viewed easily from their northern shores.