A major part of the Charity’s work is dedicated to the management and conservation of its land. For many years we have worked in partnership with Natural England, currently under a Countryside Stewardship agreement, which we renewed in January 2019. This agreement will ensure the Charity is able to continue its environmental work until at least 2024.
Over recent years we have taken a bolder approach to our work on the Common.
In the first instance it was very much a leap of faith because the initial clearance of gorse and birch was such a stark contrast to what had been before. However our faith has been rewarded by re-growth of heather, increased diversity of habitat and the wonderful views across the Common and over to Southwold.
Our aim is to provide a mosaic of vegetation which allows all heathland features to flourish, including pioneer heath and bare ground which benefits rarer invertebrates, birds, reptiles and plants. In 2018 nightjars and nightingales returned to the Common.
Work is also carried out on the marshes, to manage the scrubland and provide habitats for wildlife.