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12/05/2015 12:18pm

christine isitt

hi, love walking on the common very upset to see a dog running amok in the pond by the A30 today. The owner was still trying to get it under control as we left we were so upset. When we went back a few hours later seems like 1 coot duckling missing and atleast 1 mallard duckling (the mother flew other and cant see that shes returned) is there any way a sign could be put up somewhere, possibly on the notice board there asking dog owners to keep dogs on a lead by the lake? so that we can keep our wildlife safe. many thanks. regards from christine

Hi Christine It is unfortunate when people let their dogs disturb wildlife, and we do encourage people to keep their dogs on leads from 1st March to the 31st July to help protect the birds of the Common. We already have signage around the Common asking for dogs to be kept on leads between these times and also put up posters regarding the effects of such disturbance, but unfortunately people are not always so enthused about the wildlife as yourself. Hopefully the disturbed birds were just being cautious after your return and will have returned to normal behaviour after a period of being shyer.

Many thanks for your concern

The Ranger Team



02/06/2015 11:31am


is a barbeque allowed...

Hello Layla

Hello Sorry for the delay in answering your question, we have had a little trouble with this system. I am afraid to say that we do not have any areas designated for such activities and we therefore cannot allow barbeques, this is due to the fire risk that they pose. Apologies

The Ranger Team



24/04/2015 08:46am

Carol Charlton

Hi. Driving past tonight I noticed a pony grazing on the open land near the junction of Vigo Lane and Cricket Hill almost opposite the scrap works. Would someone be able to check that he has not just been abandoned please? Thank you.


Thanks Carol

We are aware and will be taking appropriate action.

The Ranger Team



20/04/2015 04:03pm

Alison Tizard

Thank you for coming to talk to the residents of Baileys Close about how the plans to fence the whole of Yateley Common will affect us. Please would you explain your plans for the pond at the bottom of Cricket Hill, including the felling of large trees? I can't seem to find anything about it on the internet except that £45,000 has been put aside to turn it into a beauty spot! Was it not beautiful in its natural state including the large trees? Thank you in anticipation of your answer.

The Ranger replies

Thank you for your question Alison, but unfortunately we help you with this one. This area is managed by Hart District Council and as such they are best placed to provide you with a response. You can contact Hart District Council on 01252 622122 or enquiries@hart.gov.uk.



17/04/2015 01:47pm


Hi, just to inform that there has recently appeared on the common, near the top of little vigo lane on the left in the woods, a large bivawac tent complex.

We have not seen anybody but certainly activity going on,.. Maybe kids but it is a very large tent if it is ??.

It is located just off one of the small tracks leading up onto the common from vigo lane.

The Ranger replies

Thank you for the report. This parcel of the Common is not actually owned or managed by Hampshire County Council but by British Car Auctions. Please contact Mick Lambert, Airport Manager, at Blackbushe Airport on 01252 861120. Regards.



02/04/2015 03:43pm


Hi just wondered if dogs can walk freely in country park

Hello Theresa

Yateley Common forms part of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection area, designated as such to specifically protect three rare and threatened ground nesting birds. These are: the nightjar, Dartford warbler and woodlark. These birds are susceptible to disturbance from dogs, being flushed from nests or worried so as to effect their behaviour enough to lessen their chance of successfully breeding. To help protect these and other species we ask that you keep your dog under close control and on the major paths between 1st of March and 31st of July. We would encourage dog walkers to look for more suitable sites for dog walking; many sites are now being designated for such purposes and provide facilities, such as poo bins, which Yateley Common does not. Specific sites for dog walking are called SANGS or Sites of Suitable Accessible Natural Green Space. These sites have the purpose of providing a more suitable recreational facility for dog walkers where there activities are not likely to have an adverse impact upon important wildlife, if you google them you should be able to find details of such a site that hopefully would prove handy for your convenience. However should you wish to walk your dog on Yateley Common you can do so, you just need to ensure that they do not disturb the important and protected wildlife found on the site. We also ask that you bag any dog waste and take it home with you for disposal.

Many thanks for your enquiry


The Ranger Team.



02/04/2015 03:44pm


Hi could you pls help ive booked easter egg hunt for monday the 6 april. I do not know whrtr or how to get to wyndhams pool car park. Thanks

Hi Sandra

Wyndhams Pond CP is located off of Cricket Hill Lane in Yateley.  Traveling South along the Lane the entrance is on your left about 200m after Handford Lane. If you google our web page and then click on the map and directions tab this will provide a google maps link for you.

Hope that helps



20/04/2015 04:02pm


Are the paths wheelchair friendly thankyou

The Ranger replies

The tracks around Yateley Common are primarily made up of gravel and sand, which do make then a little tricky to traverse in a wheelchair. The paths around Wyndham's Pool are more easily passable and the Gravel Pit Pond has a picnic area which can quite easily be accessed from the car park off the A30. The paths around other sites, such as Zebon Copse in Church Crookham, are more suited to use with a wheelchair.

The Countryside Service does have a small number of Landeez off-road wheelchairs which can be used by the public, but we would have to have advance warning of your visit to make sure one could be available to you.



12/03/2015 01:18pm


Hello, I have a few super important questions to ask. Please answer as soon as possible.

1) Why is Yatley common interesting?

2) What different species are there?

3) How is it protected/managed? and is this successful?

4) What organisations are responsible for it's maintenance?

5) Does Yatley common promote the Brundland definition of sustainable development?

Many thanks, I look forward to your insightful answers.

The Ranger replies

Thank you for your enquiry. You can find a wealth of information on our website at www.hants.gov.uk/countryside/yateley-country-park . Some of your questions are a little ambiguous and far reaching, so if you would like to email northern.sites@hants.gov.uk with more specific details, I'm sure we will be able to help you.. Regards.



09/03/2015 01:43pm

Jo James

Hi, we are a group of mum's with pushchairs hoping to visit the country park this Wednesday.

I wondered if you could recommend the best car park for an easy access route round the common? I notice from the map that the more central car park is near a pub which would be beneficial to us after our walk.

Are there any facilities in the park like toilets or cafe? Just so we know what to plan. Also if you can just a route /circular walk that takes an hour to an hour and a half that would be great.

Many thanks in advance


The Ranger replies

Thank you for your enquiry.

The best car park for you to access the Common depends very much on which part of the site you particularly want to visit. I would recommend Wyndham's Pool car park off Cricket Hill Lane. There are many local hostelries you could visit, but the two nearest pubs are The Cricketers on Cricket Hill Lane and The Ely on the A30.

Yateley Common Country Park isn't your traditional country park and as such does not have any facitlities such as a shop, cafe or toilets. The tracks around the site are unmade paths of gravel and sand so it would be advised to use an 'off road' buggy if you have one.

If you look at our website www.hants.gov.uk/countryside/yateley-country-park there is additional information on the site. There are a couple of walks promoted on there; Three Ponds Walk is 5km and Heathland Walk is 2km both give good opportunities to enjoy the local countryside. A downloadable map is also available for both these walks.

Enjoy your visit!


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