Reigate Heath is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), one of the most important wildlife designations nationally and a Local Nature Reserve (LNR). It is an important example of the lowland heath habitat, including the heather and acid grassland.
The site also has a number of Bronze Age burial mounds (3-5000 years old) which have been designated Scheduled Ancient Monuments.
In the Bronze Age, the Heath was largely clear of trees. Around this time, a cemetery was established on the Heath; the burial mounds (tumuli) are still visible today
Minutes of the Reigate Heath Management Steering Group
Reigate Heath's richness, diversity and history enthuse people in a remarkable number of ways. It seems that everyone has their own individual relationship with the Heath.
For some it is simply a place to walk but for many it satisfies a wide range of needs from the practical (walking the dog) to the spiritual (‘an oasis of calm’); as important for its peace and tranquillity as for its recreational opportunities; as loved for its rich and varied wildlife as for its testimony to the life history of Reigate.
Reigate Heath Management Plan - updated 2011 - (PDF document [1.8Mb]) - please note that the maps are listed separately below to reduce the file size
Reigate Heath Management Plan Maps
- Location (PDF document [2Mb])
- Boundaries (PDF document [1Mb])
- Designations - 1 (PDF document [1.2Mb])
- Designations - 2 (PDF document [1.4Mb])
- Broad Habitats - as at 2010 (PDF document [922.1Kb])
- Archaeology and historic landscapes (PDF document [942Kb])
- Access (PDF document [581.4Kb])
- Management compartments (PDF document [916.3Kb]).