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Protect our ground-nesting birds
Walking your dog is a lovely past-time. If you’re out on the heath, from March to the end of September, please help protect our special ground-nesting birds by keeping your four legged friend under close control and out of the heather.
Help us look after all our wildlife
During the dry weather our heathland is at great risk from fire. Please leave your barbecues at home and take care if smoking. Sadly, in July 2010 a fire burnt on the heath for ten days destroying 148 acres heathland and its residents too.
On the heathland - tuneful birds
The tree pipit is strikingly visible from mid-April when the male flies up steeply from a tree and parachutes down with its wings raised and tail spread. It also sings a song of far reaching repeated notes.
Although these are some of our more common birds, they’re still at risk due to their declining habitat.
On the heathland - rarer birds
Rare ground-nesting birds such as the woodlark and the nightjar breed on the common, as well as the stonechat and the redstart. On a warm summer’s evening (May to September) you may be lucky to hear the distinctive churring song of a nightjar.
On the pond - water birds
Our pond is home to many common breeding birds, such as the great crested grebe. It’s also important locally for wintering wildfowl - moorhens and mallards ducks as well as several pairs of greylag geese.
Ospreys can also be seen for a brief two weeks in March.
Spotlight on a few of our mammals
A wide range of mammals live secretly on the common, including badgers, rabbits, roe deer, foxes and, the less welcome mink which preys on young birds. Smaller bank voles and yellow-necked mice can be found too.