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62 questions so far


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



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!



09/03/2015 01:44pm

Alison Tizard

What is the current state of the Gravel Pit Pond regarding water levels, flora and fauna? What conservation work is being carried out there (if any)? What are your plans for its future? Many thanks

The Ranger replies

The Gravel Pit has been an important feature of Yateley Common for many years. Water levels in the recent past have been quite good due to the wetter winters. The pond supports many insects, amphibians and birds, but does have a problem of being infested with New Zealand pygmyweed. This invasive plant is extremely difficult, in fact near on impossible, to eradicate. The pond is due to be surveyed to look at all these things which will help to inform future management of the pond and the surrounding area.



09/03/2015 01:44pm

Philip Martin

What is the email address for the Hampshire County Council office where I could lodge a comment supporting the proposed grazing on the common?

Look forward to your reply.


Philip Martin

Yateley GU46 6NX

The Ranger replies

Hello and thanks for your email. Any comments you wish to make on the fencing application should be sent directly to commonlandcasework@pins.gsi.gov.uk. Many thanks for your interest.



10/02/2015 03:22pm

Richard Barnes

Many thanks for putting the plans online. I have two questions:

1) Why is there going to be a new fence along the track that runs alongside Gibraltar barracks from A327 Minley Lane? Won't the existing fence for the barracks suffice?

2)Do you have a supply of animals to graze the common? Hornley Common was fenced off and is rarely grazed (a whole year went by with no grazing once) as they struggle to find suitable grazing animals.

The Ranger replies

In response to your questions;

1) I would ask that you direct this question to the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust for a response. This area of the common is managed by them and they have specific reasons for implementing this course of action. Please contact Elliott Fairs (elliott.fairs@hiwwt.org.uk) and he will be able to give you more information.

2) I am not party to the discussions about grazing on Hornley Common so cannot comment on that in particular. Grazing the Country Park area of Yateley Common would be done slowly at first with minimal livestock density to ensure the grazing is effective and that the local public have time to familiarise themselves with the scheme. We do not have a particular grazier in mind at present, but we are working towards a more in depth grazing plan should this scheme go ahead. This will include numbers and breed of animals.

Thank you for your interest.



29/01/2015 11:29am

Richard Barnes

Can I view the fencing plans online rather than going to yateley library??

The Ranger replies

Thank you for your enquiry. We are currently preparing the documents for publication online. It is hoped that they will be available to view online from the evening of Friday 30th January. Alternatively, hard copies of the supporting documentation can be requested, but there is a charge of £25 to cover the cost of printing and postage. Should you require this service please email row.notices@hants.gov.uk. Thank you.



23/01/2015 01:49pm

Nikki Merritt

Upon driving along the A30 from Hartley Wintney to Blackbushe Airport, i have noticed that items have been hung from the trees (cans, bottles, cds etc). Why is this please?

The Ranger replies

Unfortunately, I cannot help you with your enquiry as I do not know the answer. The land in question is not owned or managed by Hampshire County Council other than the short section of Yateley common between Blackbushe Airport and the Cricket Hill roundabout. I can only suggest that the hanging of items in the trees along the road is in memory of someone who had an accident on this stretch of road or as a way of warding off evil spirits? I am sorry I cannot be more help in this instance.


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