The main path winds through the site and has a surface of compacted gravel, making it easy for “trundlers” to see a variety of wildlife habitats.
The 5.5 hectare (14 acre) site was turned into a community wildlife reserve by a partnership of local residents, Surrey Count Council, Surrey Wildlife Trust and the Merrist Wood Campus of Guildford College.
An information board inside the entrance gate includes a map of the site, its history and some of the flora and fauna to look out for. The main path in front of you takes you right through the reserve. Many other grass paths wind through the site; these may be suitable for wheelchair users assisted by a helper during dry weather.
It’s worth taking a detour through the “wet area”, provided you don’t mind a bumpy ride here and there: leave the main path at the wildlife pond, take the boardwalk around the right-hand edge of the pond, then turn right along the grass path alongside Stanford Brook. This path
eventually loops to the right. Take the left fork into woodland to rejoin the main path.
Turn left here to cross a bridge over a stream. Follow the path through the woods to pass alongside an attractive small meadow. Eventually the path reaches an iron gate, where you should turn round to follow the main path all the way back to the entrance.
It took us an hour to complete the route just described, without rushing. To really appreciate the wide variety of flora and fauna you should allow longer – and take binoculars and a camera.
You won’t be disappointed!
Location: Just off the A322 between Brookwood and Guildford. At the Fox Corner roundabout, take the side road (A380 westbound).
The entrance to the reserve is on the left, after 30m. Park in the road, as there no off-street car parking.
The reserve has no seats. There are no toilets or other facilities.
The Fox Corner Community Wildlife Area has its own website which gives a history of the site and some of the flora and fauna to be found there. Its news pages and photo gallery provide an interesting insight into the work necessary to create and maintain the reserve. Click to visit the site: www.foxcornerwildlife.org.uk