Sheepleas lies on the chalk slopes of the North Downs within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and covers an area approximately 110 hectares (270 acres). The mosaic of woodland (both ancient and recent), grassland, and scrub habitats supports a diverse range of wildlife, and as a result the reserve was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1975 and a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in 2005. 

One of the original 284 ‘Rothschild Reserves’, Sheepleas has long been known as a special place for wildlife. Described in the early 20th century as ‘the finest piece of botanical and entomological ground within 30 miles of London’, the site boasts over 30 species of butterfly, many species of vascular plants and a myriad of invertebrates dependent upon this diverse range of flora. The Cowslip Meadow, is a well-known spring phenomenon, and visitors come from far and wide to admire its stunning display of cowslips during April and May.

An informal picnic area is located near to Shere Road car park, with The Millennium Viewpoint nearby, which on a clear day provides views of the London skyline including The Telecom Tower and The Shard.

Location information

  • Shere Rd, West Horsley, Leatherhead, KT24 6EP (grid reference: TQ 08441 51439)
  • 110 hectares
  • 01483 795440

Features available at Sheepleas

Forests and Woodland Meadows Tracks and paths