Landscape and Biodiversity
Mole Valley contains some of the most attractive landscape in South East England. It includes important sites for nature conservation, and extensive areas of landscape included within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Surrey Hills Partnership
A consortium of organisations, including Mole Valley District Council (MVDC), forms the Surrey Hills Partnership, which promotes the conservation and enhancement of this nationally important landscape. If you would like to get involved in protecting and promoting the Surrey Hills, you can find further information on the Surrey Hills website (see 'Internet Links'). The management plan and associated policies for the period to 2019 can also be viewed on the Surrey Hills website (see 'Internet Links').
The Lower Mole Countryside Management Project operates in the north of the district, covering the countryside around Ashtead, Bookham, Fetcham, and Leatherhead.
The Gatwick Greenspace Partnership works across the County boundary, incorporating land in West Sussex and Surrey. It is hosted by the Sussex Wildlife Trust and supported by MVDC and other participating local authorities. It operates in the south east of Mole Valley as far north as Dorking.
Both projects provide opportunities for volunteers to take practical action to conserve the countryside on their doorstep.
MVDC takes a careful approach to the management of its own parks and open spaces and, together with supporting the work of the Woodland Trust at Edolphs Copse Local Nature Reserve, has designated three local nature reserves:
- Ashtead Park Local Nature Reserve
- Inholms Lane Local Nature Reserve
- River Mole Corridor Local Nature Reserve
There are also other environmental designations across the district including Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and Nature Conservation Sites. To find out which areas are covered by these designations, please view the interactive Proposals Map (see 'Related Pages') or 'My Mole Valley' (see 'Internet Links').
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