Dragonfly Hotspot: Thursley Common (Surrey)

Thursley Common is part of the Thursley National Nature Reserve, managed by Natural England, and is a designated Site of Specific Scientific Interest. This is in recognition of the site’s remarkable wildlife and its diversity of habitats. The open water habitats, including the acidic bog pools, ditches and ponds support diverse communities of freshwater invertebrates, including dragonflies. It really is a fantastic site!

Take a walk along the Common’s boardwalk on a summer’s day and, if you’re lucky, you’ll see a wide variety of species at different stages of their life cycle: emerging, breeding and egg laying. There is always plenty to see throughout the season.


Bus: The reserve can be reached by the 46 bus (Winchester – North Baddesley). The nearest but stop is a 10 minute walk north up Thursley Road.

Train: the nearest train stations are Milford, Haslemere and Witley.

Bike: lock up facilities are available in the Moat car park

Contact:  James Giles 01428 685675

Opening times: all year round

Entry: Free and free car parking

All ability access: due to the soft sandy soils and steep slopes on parts of the reserve it is not accessible for wheelchairs. The boardwalks are buggy and pushchair accessible.

Dogs allowed:  yes on leads and with responsible owners only please

Facilities: car park, interpretation boards and board walks. No toilets on site but village pubs are situated within 3 miles of the site.

Contact Us

Thursley Road

Dragonfly Hotspot Activity

Thursley has long been known by dragonfly fans as a stronghold for these beautiful insects and British Dragonfly Society members have been visiting this site for many years. In 2018 we formally teamed up with the Natural England team who manage this beautiful and important site to designate it as a ‘Dragonfly Hotspot’ – giving it and the people who look after it the due recognition it deserves. We have created an information board kindly funded by the John Spedan Lewis Foundation and it will be installed this year ahead of a big launch event that everyone is invited to – details to follow soon.


Get Involved!


The Thursley volunteer group meets every week on Thrusday and once a month on Sunday. Over the winter work is focused on habitat management, while over the summer its all about site maintenance and wildlife surveys. Everyone is welcome to join and no previous experience is needed; volunteering is a great way to find out more about the wildlife on site, develop new skills and make new friends!

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In order to manage the site in the best way possible for Dragonflies it is really important that the site management team know which species are there, and how their populations are doing.

If you are taking a trip to Thursley Common remember to report the species that you see.  If you are new to recording you can find more information here. Please report your sightings via iRecord here.

If you would like to get involved with recording Dragonflies on a regular basis at Thursley Common ku.gr1563405651o.dna1563405651lgnel1563405651aruta1563405651n@sel1563405651iG.se1563405651maJ1563405651">contact James Giles, the Reserve Manager, to find out more.

Dragonfly Hotspot: Thursley Common (Surrey)