Yateley Country Park

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98 questions so far


05/01/2016 02:20pm

Szwe Mabuza

what animals are found in Yateley common and and blackwater and surrounding areas?

Im doing an assignment for environmental impact assessment at brighton university based on the yateley/blackwater areas in Hampshire.

are there great crested newts and badgers?

please help

The Ranger replies

Thank you for your request for information about Yateley Common. We do have a wide range of species inhabiting the site, far too many to mention here! We do have badgers and great crested newts. If you would like to email the rangers at northern.sites@hants.gov.uk with a more specific request, we may be able to assist you further. Alternatively, please contact the Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre (HBIC) and they may be able to provide you with more detailed information on species living in the Yateley/Blackwater area. Many thanks for your interest.



23/12/2015 03:23pm

Hi...were the 4 ponies removed from Castle Bottom on Monday 21st Dec ?


The Ranger replies

Thank you for getting in contact about the ponies. Yes, they were removed by the grazier earlier this week.



27/11/2015 11:10am

Philip Rodney

Would it be possible to set up a series of caches in the Bramshill or Warren Heath area for geocaches to visit

The Ranger replies

We don't actually manage either of those parcels of land, so it would not be possible for us to give consent. The land is managed by the Forestry Commission, so you would be best placed speaking with them. The regional office contact details can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/england-localcontacts. I would suggest you contact them in the first instance.



12/11/2015 11:21am

W jord

When will track to wyndams pool be repaired for car access without danger due to pot holes

The Ranger replies

We are aware that many of the tracks around the Common are in need of some repair, including the track to Wyndham's. This is an ongoing maintenance issue and works are scheduled for in the new year.



02/11/2015 11:41am

Donna penfold


Please can you tell me where it would be possible to park a horse box to use the common?

Many thanks

The Ranger replies

Access with a horse box is limited as most of our car parks have height barriers. The remaining car parks have very tight turning circles or the access route is difficult to navigate and all of the tracks are unmade. If you visit www.hants.gov.uk/countryside/yateley-country-park you can download a map of the site which might help. You may be able to park elsewhere near the Common and ride in using the bridleway network. You can view local rights of way at www.hants.gov.uk/row .Thanks for your interest.



20/10/2015 08:28am


hi please can you let me know if your allowed to horse ride in the common and if so do you need a permit? Where do you park a horse box and where you allowed to ride

Many thanks

The Ranger replies

Hi, if you scroll down the answered questions in Ask a Ranger, a similar question was answered on 02/09/2015. In terms of a horse box, access is limited as most of the car parks have height barriers on them. If you visit www.hants.gov.uk/yateley-country-park , you can download a map of the site, which might help.



18/09/2015 08:57am

Wilf Hardy

Just noticed that since yesterday, 27 steps down on the board walk on the north side of Castle Bottom, the support for a plank has broken. Cannot be easily seen until you walk on it and am concerned that it could cause someone to fall. I know you regularly repair these so you may want to take a look...thanks

The Ranger replies

Thanks so much for your report. We do monitor the condition of the boardwalk on a regular basis, but are not always aware of issues that arise in between visits. We will endeavour to repair the broken plank as soon as possible.



18/09/2015 08:57am

peter crouch

what progress is being made on the fencing and introduction of cattle onto the common?

The Ranger replies

Thank you for your enquiry. The application to fence the common was withdrawn back in June 2015 following further consultation with residents. Their feedback is now being used to develop a modified application to graze a smaller part of the common. This is most likely due to be on land managed by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust in the first instance. Management of the common will continue by mechanical means and by using volunteers to assist with our work. You can visit our Yateley Common Homepage at www.hants.gov.uk/yateley-country-park where there is a.link to find out more information.



02/09/2015 02:32pm


ive just got a share horse and will be hacking in yateley/eversley soon but i have no idea where im allowed to ride. are there any bridleways to woods/open spaces i can ride in? i don't want to be on roads the whole time :) also, are horses allowed on yateley green? not for riding, but i might meet up with friends occasionally there :) probably a strange question but i have no idea where any of the bridleways are :p

The Ranger replies

That part of the Common north of the A30, west of Blackbushe and east to Hawley, is owned and managed by Hampshire County Council across most of which horse riding is permitted. The area is subject to particular laws which give the right to air an exercise on foot and on horseback across any part, however, not all 'paths' are maintained for this purpose. Public rights of way, of which there are many, are managed on a regular cyclical basis as part of our statutory responsibility.

To find out more information about where exactly you can go, it would be worth checking out www.hants.gov.uk/row where there is a mapping tool that shows you the public rights of way across Hampshire. This obviously shows access across land other than Hampshire County Council's, so please bear in mind that some landowners, such as the Forestry Commission and the Ministry of Defence may run permit systems, so it would be worth checking with them individually.

Kind regards.



13/08/2015 02:56pm

Jennie Hill


This may be a very silly questions, but do you know if we have weasels in Yateley? I have just seen a small brown mammal run across my grass. It was bigger than a mouse, smaller than a rat and didn't seem to have a long tail. It was the same width along the body and at a very rough guess about 10 cm long. I'm intrigued as to what it could be!

Thank you


The Ranger replies

It could well have been a weasel. It certainly sounds about right, although weasels are generally a little bigger than that, on average about 15-20 cm long with a 4-5cm tail. Females tend to be smaller than males. They can be found in a wide range of habitats including urban areas and woodlands. They favour small rodents to eat, but will take birds and small rabbits. If there is something for them to eat, there is likely to be weasels.


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