For many years the Common has been managed by the Parish Council with the help of the Greenways and Countryside Project to ensure the survival of the flora and fauna associated with the Sandlings landscape. We are pleased that we have been able to recognise this work and formally designate the area as a local nature reserve. We hope this designation will encourage all users to respect the very special and threatened environment which this represents.
What are we working on?
In the Spring we prepared the ground for sowing wild flower seeds.
We are undertaking insect studies to monitor the invertebrates on Martlesham Common to ensure our Management Plan for the Common is working well.
We have been scraping the ground to help clear gorse (see photo) and then scattering heather cuttings to promote the heather growth.Butterfly Conservation have been helping us with this by funding a spraying programme for bracken.
We are planning our ‘framed entrances’. The new entrances will define the Local Nature Reserve area. The 10 entrances will be made up of post and rail fencing either side of a gap (a rustic version of the fencing sometimes seen at the entrance to villages) maintaining easy access for pedestrians, those with buggies etc.
The proposed work also includes new signs and display boards for the site. We are very pleased that County Councillor Patricia O’Brien is supporting this project with £1,200 of funding from her locality budget.
Much of the work is being co-ordinated by Greenways who help to involve volunteers to carry out this work. If you would like to be involved then do please get in touch with our clerk.