What makes the Moor so special?
We asked Steve Price, Countryside and Commons Officer for Spelthorne Borough Council to tell us more….
“Upon visiting the site you will soon appreciate its abundant worth, be that the floral species present (importance for nesting and foraging birds), its historical significance, or its social worth to the local community.
Staines Moor is the largest area of alluvial meadow in Surrey, and predominately achieves its SSSI status due to the mosaic of floral species found there. Owing to subtle variations in topography, sheer size, and the river Colne, plant communities vary greatly from dry grassland to marshland-dominant species.
Hugely important to both resident and migrant bird species, more than 200 species have been seen on the moor, a great credit to the site and the numerous dedicated birdwatchers who record such sightings. Lapwing, Redshank and Skylark are ground-nesting species, utilising the site from March to July. It’s essential that visitors observe the conditions set out on signs on the moor during this time, sticking to the paths and keeping dogs under close control. Summer may bring a rare sighting of a hobby and in Winter, water pipits, snipes and the occasional short-eared owl can be spotted
The moor has remained relatively undisturbed for centuries, allowing the oldest ant hills (the yellow meadow ant) known in the UK to remain for nearly 200 years. The landscape brings a rare sense of openness and rural surroundings in an otherwise urban setting, it’s value and importance continues to grow”.