Ludshott Common

A large area of open heathland between Grayshott and Headley Down popular with walkers and dog walkers maintained by the National Trust

Ludshott Common is one of the largest remaining areas of heathland in East Hampshire, covering 700 acres and is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Protection Area (SPA) due to the number of endangered species, including Woodlark, Nightjar and Dartford Warbler.

There are also a great many spiders and butterflies, including Silver-Studded Blue, Grayling and Green Hairstreak.

Ludshott Common owes its present state to the traditional use made of common land by local people: to graze their cattle, pigs, sheep, and ponies and to collect gorse, heather, wood, and bracken for fuel, and for animal bedding and winter fodder. Such uses ceased around the beginning of the 20th century.

During second world war in the 1940s, Ludshott was used as a tank and maneuvers training ground, and the heather was largely turned to mud. The heather recovered, and was managed from the 1970s until today.

Group avatarFriends of Ludshott and Passfield Commons

The Friends of Ludshott and Passfield Commons are people who love their local open spaces and beauty spots (owned by the National Trust), and are willing to support their upkeep by subcribing £5.00 pa. A local volunteer NT committee administers the Friends, who may, or may not, be NT members, and produces for them a twice yearly newsletter Commons Link. Events are organised where Friends can have the opportunity to meet the Wardens. For more information contact Susan Salter (chairman) 01428 751409; Colin Brash(membership) 01428 713256 or via our website

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