Wildlife in Common

This is a two-year lottery funded project being run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust in partnership with the University of East Anglia and Norfolk County Council.

The aim is to

  • Reconnect people with their commons
  • Celebrate the importance of Norfolk’s common land.
  • Inform community-led solutions to improve commons for wildlife and people.

To achieve this NWT volunteers are surveying over 60 Commons in Norfolk delving into their history; who owns them? What were they used for? They will be looking at the land, examining maps and historical documents and listening to oral history.

A survey of all living things on the commons is being carried out over the two years. For example, plants, birds, insects, mammals, invertebrates, amphibians, butterflies, moths, spiders, dragonflies, trees.

We at Southrepps Common are part of this important project. We already have good flora and fauna records that we will be sharing with NWT.

Despite having an extensive plant list the surveyors attached to the Commons are still managing to discover new species (to their amazement)!

Help is really needed to record such a wide range of species. We (the surveyors) are only visiting once a month. So if you are walking around the Commons and see anything you recognise then let us know. It’s not just the unusual we want, it’s the everyday species that are so easily taken for granted. Having said that don’t forget the unusual as well!

It’s simple to record your discoveries: click here for our sightings report form.

The information collected will help to inform future management and help safeguard our precious Commons.

Click here to go to the Norfolk WildlifeTrust's 'Wildlife in Common' page for further details on how you can take part.

LATEST UPDATE: Gemma Walker from Norfolk Wildlife Trust will be giving a talk on the Wildlife in Common project (which includes Southrepps Commons) at Southrepps Village Hall on Monday 25th March, starting at 7.30. There is no need to book to attend the event. See https://www.southrepps.info/…/Norfolk-Wildlife-Trust---Event

Thank you for your help.