Grasslands

Instructions

Grasslands is an area of common north of the Littlewick Road. It has been enclosed as part of an experiment with Natural England in heath-land regeneration. There is an ongoing programme of felling and scrub clearance. The heath includes the three main types of heather – ling, cross-leaved heath and bell heather. During the summer months the area is grazed by cattle. Some of the large pine trees have been winched over to expose their root plates; the bare earth provides basking sites for reptiles and nest sites for solitary bees and wasps. There are several large colonies of wood ants. Nightjars nest during the summer. Other birds include green woodpeckers, stonechats and kestrels which nest in a box provided in a large pine on the north of the site.