Sandy Track car park is now open to HCPS members only
The Sandy Track car park is located close to the central heathland areas of Horsell Common that provide breeding grounds for Dartford warblers, nightjars and woodlarks. This heathland is an internationally rare habitat and is protected under UK law as a Special Protection Area (SPA) and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The Mim Bridge meadows near Heather Farm have been developed by HCPS to reduce the disturbance of the protected areas of Horsell Common by providing an alternative natural greenspace for the enjoyment of walkers and dogs.
As part of this development HCPS agreed with Natural England that the Sandy Track car park should be retained but open only to HCPS members to encourage visitors towards Heather Farm and the other car parks across the HCPS estate. Cars parked at Sandy Track will be checked periodically against those registered to HCPS members and non-registered vehicles may be clamped.
The other car parks at Heather Farm, Six Cross Roads and Monument Road remain open to all.
Over recent months there has been increasing use of Horsell Common by professional dog walkers, applying further pressure on the Common’s sensitive habitats. In partnership with rangers from the other parts of the Thames Basin Heaths SPA HCPS will be introducing a licensing scheme for professional dog walkers in coming months to ensure appropriate levels of protection are maintained.
We hope you will support these measures that will help to ensure Horsell Common continues to be a special place for its flora and fauna and for all of us who visit it.