The privately-run British Wildlife Centre in Newchapel, near Lingfield has the best collection of native wildlife in Britain with more than captive 40 species and is a classic destination for photographers looking for shots of often elusive species.

A nightingale sang
On 19 May 1924, the BBC broadcast outdoors for the first time an extraordinary duet live from a Surrey garden, featuring famous cellist Beatrice Harrison and a male nightingale which responded with its own song in the woods around her home in Oxted, Surrey. It was so popular among listeners that the performance was repeated every spring for the next twelve years. The last performance was on May 19 1942 when Allied bombers flew overhead on their way to raids in Germany. The engineer realised a live broadcast cut alert the enemy and he cut the signal. More here

Bookham Commons

Bookham Commons is an ancient commons, mentioned in the Domesday Book and made up of oak woodland and scrub grassland, with a stream and nine ponds. Since 1941, the numerous experts of the London Natural History Society have been surveying the wildlife here making it one of the thoroughly studied areas in the world. It is noted for its nightingales and purple emperors.
BBC Radio 4 here on the London Natural History Society study of the common.