Twenty-Five Years since the Great Fire of 1995
The Common is now unrecognisable from the burnt-out wasteland left after the Great Summer Fires of 1995. For many years the Common has been managed by the Parish Council, and with help from volunteers, and under the guidance of the Greenways and Countryside Project, we look after the survival of the flora and fauna associated with the Sandlings landscape. Through a painstaking process of habitat management, the natural habitats have been restored and the Common now gives homes to a huge array of animals, insects and birds, including the eye-catching silver studded blue butterfly. The recreational benefits for us all are appreciable. Such has been the success of our efforts that we have been able to meet the strict criteria required to designate the area a “Local Nature Reserve”
If you are one of the many regular visitors who enjoy the Nature Reserve please help us maintain its high standards by respecting any signs asking you to protect the wildlife and reporting any problems to the Parish Council. You may also like to come along to any litter picks, work days or open events as you see them advertised throughout the year. Do contact us for a preliminary chat about getting involved.