Birds and Butterflies Book

Until after World War Two, Cranleighans were far more conscious of the surrounding countryside, with walks on Sundays almost the only recreation available as team sports was forbidden on the Sabbath until the 1920s.

Collecting butterflies and birds eggs were very popular at various times, and a Natural History Society was well supported. In 1936, under the guidance of a master, Roger Henniker-Gotley, the Society compiled a comprehensive booklet listing all sightings of birds and butterflies in the area. It provides a fascinating insight into the wealth of wildlife surrounding Cranleigh 80 years ago and a stark reminder of how much of it has been lost.