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51 questions so far


14/04/2014 10:42am

Andy Lowe


Is there any chance you could put up bigger signs about dogs being kept on a lead during the birds nesting period. I live on the un-adopted Flats road and see so many dogs running loose that I can only assume the owners don't know the rules. This particularly applies to the green and foot paths around the Gravel pit pond.



The Senior Ranger Says

This is a cultural problem and unfortunatley many people do not listen to signs.  I should also point out that if walking on one of the Rights of Way there is no requirement to keep dogs on leads.  Our main concern is that people do not let their dogs run all over the heath durring the bird breeding season disturbing the birds and lestening their chances of breeding successfully, if their dogs can walk along a path without running all thorugh the sensitive habitat it is not a major problem.  

Many thanks for your concern.



25/03/2014 04:05pm

Ray Sharp

in the last few years the rangers have been putting on an Easter egg hunt at Wyndhams Pool.

Is there going to be a hunt this year?

The Senior Ranger replied        

Yes we are going to be running this event again. I have passed your details to the ranger running the event and she should contact you.



17/03/2014 10:26am

liz teo

Hi. Last night my family and I were driving across Yateley Common on Vigo Lane. An animal ran across the road in front of us, which is very very common there. However this animal was neither a deer or fox, and also not a badger - in fact, all four of us said it was like a hairy pig!!!! Had it just been one of us, I think we would have doubted ourselves, however, as there were 4 of us all seeing it, we are bemused as to what it could be. Our guess would be a wild boar.... however we have no idea if this is possible and if others have been sighted at all.

We would love to know!


The Senior Ranger replies.


It is always hard to answer these questions as without seeing the animal yourself we would just be guessing however wild boar are known to be living in the countryside not to far away.  Other suggestions would as you say be muntjac dear or a badger.  Without being there I just couldn't say.  Animals are often creatures of habit so perhaps sitting and waiting with a camera could provide the evidence. that these animals have now spread into this area.

Sorry I couldn't answer this question more definitely.  I shall keep an eye out for signs. Please could you advise exactly on Vigo land this was as we could have a scout about for other signs such as foot prints.

Thanks for your question.  

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17/03/2014 12:35pm

Marise Chivers

Why has our beautiful Common walk been devastated by so called conservationalists and now Health and Safety people ? So many trees have been bulldozed and bushes cleared. I thought that the common was to be enjoyed by everyone. I

The Ranger replied


Dear Marise

Without specific details as to the location of that to which you refer it is hard to be specific, so i will speak generally about the management of the Common and heathland.  Although Yateley Common is open country and there are rights of access to the land under two pieces of legislation (The Law of Property Act and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act) the land is in the main managed to provide good quality habitat for a wide range of species associated with heathlands.  Yateley Common is in fact given some of the highest designations for conservation and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is part of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area.  

All our staff are degree educated in biological or conservation based subjects and our work is undertaken as programmed management and is agreed in management plans in line with governments expectations as given by Natural England.  

We have undertaken some high intensity scrub management on the area of the Common near to the airport.  This management which has involved the laying of trees is aimed at creating very dense thickets of regrowth that will provide excellent cover for scrubland birds such as the nightingale which suffer ever increasing pressures from disturbance and predation.  Such management is necessary now as the amount of such habitats has decreased by around 90% over the last 100years as traditional management through dependance of man on their local environment has disappeared.

When work such as this has just taken place it can look untidy until regrowth occurs but it is invaluable work which benefits a wide range of species.  If you would like more information regarding a specific location please contact us at our office for a more in depth chat or look out for our guided walks.

I have provided links to information regarding nightingales and heathland management should you wish to learn more about the subjects.



Many thanks




17/03/2014 12:34pm

Chris larby

I've noticed that a lot of tree felling work is being undertaken in the area I know as Hawley Woods/Yateley common that appears to be very destructive. There a several large piles of logs, is this purely f

The Senior Ranger replied

Hi Chris

Your message unfortunately does not seem complete and I am unsure of the exact area to which you refer and not all of the Common is managed by us.  Often tree felling can be seen as destructive but is in fact being undertaken as part of strategic management aimed at improving habitat for rare species.  Many rare species are associated with the open heath habitats of the Common which have slowly been encroached by the pine and birch.  Left unchecked this would eventually lead to the Common becoming a woodland and many threatened species would be lost from the area.

Many thanks




17/03/2014 12:37pm

Mary Keatley

Please could you let me know if further work will be carried out along The Flats at the back of my house (I live at 38 Baileys Close). I appreciate that at the moment everywhere is muddy but I have a large mound of soil (mud)left by the digger on Tuesday right at the back of my property and as I use this exit to take my grandchildren for a walk across the common it is/will cause a few problems with access. Many thanks.

The Senior Ranger replies

Dear Mary

   We do intend to improve the area of the Flats further as and when priorities, time and resources allow.  This winter has obviously made many areas hard to treverse and hopefully a dry spell will imporve things for you.





17/03/2014 12:39pm

James White

Am I allowed to collect fallen branches or dead wood from Yateley common to use as firewood?

I am a local Yateley resident and walk around the common on a regular basis and see a lot of branches that have fallen across paths etc that will need removing/moving.

It would just be the odd bit, nothing major.

Would I need a permit or special permission? I know that some forrestry commisions / organisations allow this with a permit.


The Senior Ranger replies.

Dear James.

Unfortunately this is not allowed, certain properties do have rights in common with the owners of the Common which allow them to do this but beyond this the collection of fallen wood is prohibited.  Yateley Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and dead wood is often valuable to a wide range of invertebrates.  We do sell logs with free delivery to local residences.  

Many thanks




18/11/2013 10:31am

Bridget Aujla

Will you be doing the Christmas trees this year? If so please advise dates. If not please could you advise if you know if anywhere else will be doing it.

A Ranger replies

Unfortunately we will NOT be undertaking such an event this year. We simply do not have the density of suitable trees to run the event. We fully intend to run one next year as we have assessed the situation and believe there will be a goo number of the right size,

We are sorry as we understand that people really enjoy the event.



18/11/2013 10:32am

John Noel

I have noticed a pile of cut logs in the car park next to the Gravel Pit car park, they have been there some time and I was wondering if I could take 2 or 3. I would have to cut them in half as I only have a small car. If there is a charge for this wood please let me me know. It would be for my own use.

A ranger replies

Unfortunately this is not possible as they are already spoken for.



09/10/2013 11:35am

Natalie Simpson-Ball

I was wondering if we would need a permit to horse ride and also if there is any designated parking areas? if not, could you advise of where to park. Kind regards, Natalie

ps, If you know the answers to Minely as well, that would be great!

A Ranger replies

No permit is required for horse riding on Yateley Common Country Park, that part of the common north of the A30 between Blackbushe airfield and the Hawley roundabout. We do have several small car parks, but two have height barriers and the other is up a narrow, winding track off Cricket Hill Lane. There is another small car park at Heathlands Cemetery, but again the road is fairly narrow and the turning circle at the top is quite small. Roadside parking is available at Blackbushe Business Park at Tuscany Way, but a road crossing would be necessary to access the Common. This is also the case on the A30, where there is a large layby, but it is adjacent to the main road. Most equestrian users of the common hack out from the local liveries.

The County Council does not manage Minley – not exactly sure if you mean Yateley Common south of the A30, Hawley Common further south or Minley Woods to the west of Minley Road. These areas are managed by the Ministry of Defence and Forestry Commission, so it would be best to contact them direct; MoD Training Area Officer on 01483 798357 or Forestry Commission via TROT office on 01622 735599.


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