Saturday 6 to Sunday 14 July

Join Norfolk Wildlife Trust in celebrating Norfolk’s commons, their wildlife and history.

Come along to one or more of our free commons discovery events

We are running a week of talks, activities and events to celebrate our heritage of common land. Commons in Norfolk were once commonplace: every parish had one or more commons and these were often very extensive. It’s thought that more than 25% of Norfolk may at one time have been common land and the names of former commons and greens, now long gone, still feature on maps and in road and place names. These were once highly valued, important places, vital parts of the local economy and known by the whole community.

Through Commons Week we invite you to explore some of the commons found in Norfolk with us. From guided walks to family events we hope that there is something that will take your interest.

Take part in our commons photographic competition!

It’s competition time!

Our heritage of commons across the county are part of what makes Norfolk special: brilliant for wildlife and great places to explore. Help us celebrate them by entering an image of your local common to our photography competition.

What makes your local common special?  We are looking for photographs that capture the essence of your local common, whether it be the way it looks, a particular species or the way people use it.

To submit a photograph please email your image to along with the following details:
  1. Your name
  2. The name of the common and location
  3. Date taken
  4. Title of your image
Closing date midnight on Wednesday 31 July. The winner will be announced in August and a selection of images displayed on our website thereafter.


What could you win?

Star prize: a 60" x 30" canvas print (worth £60) and 50 7 x 5 prints
Second prize: Opticron digiscope
Third prize: a pair of pocket binoculars 8 x 21

The prizes have been kindly donated by our Investors in Wildlife, Jessops Norwich and Cley Spy.


The technical bit:

  • If you are aged under 16 please ask an adult to submit your photo.
  • We can only accept photos taken in Norfolk and showing Norfolk commons.
  • Please do not submit large numbers of photos of the same subject – select a maximum of three striking images. Don’t be put off sending an image though – we are seeking interesting and thought provoking images not necessarily high quality or ‘professional looking’ ones.
  • Please upload as hi-res versions of your photos as your internet connection will allow (up to a 4MB size limit per email).
  • As well as possibly featuring in NWT's online photo gallery your photos may also help to publicise our conservation work – for instance, we might feature them in our promotional leaflets, our Tern magazine, or perhaps even include them  as part of a resource pack that we send to the media to promote our stories. We will endeavour to make sure that you are credited as the photographer.
  • By submitting a photograph to the competition you understand that Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserves the right to use any image submitted to help the conservation of Norfolk’s wildlife. Photos will be credited, and will not be sold to third parties, but no payment will be made for any current or future use by Norfolk Wildlife Trust of images submitted to the competition.
  • Commons Week is just part of a wider ‘Wildlife in Common’ project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Branch Out Fund (Essex & Suffolk Water).

We want to take good care of your information!

We will keep your details secure at all times. We never sell or share your details with any other third party for their own use. We will contact you if you win our prize draw, but unless you are an NWT member, you will not receive any further information from us as a result of providing your details today. This is our summarised privacy notice. For our full privacy policy click here or contact us for a postal copy.