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Martham Smee Land, Common Road

A small area of historic common and an area of Surveyor’s Land, Common Road Smee Land is managed by Martham Parish Council as a village amenity for wildlife. Once part of the much larger Martham Common, it is now a tranquil area of neutral grassland bordered by old hedges and mature trees, with damper willow and oak woodland in the north.

Please note this site is not a Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve.

Habitat description from the Wildlife in Common Survey

Small, rectangular, flat site approximately 1.5 miles west of Martham, off a footpath known as Common Road. The southern half of the site is fenced, and there is a wide, water-filled drainage ditch to the immediate north.

To the south and south-east there is an area of recently mown grass, with occasional coppiced hazel (Corylus avellana) and a couple of oak trees (Quercus robur). Tree and hedgerow planting has taken place here in recent years.

Grassland species include oxeye daisy (Lecanthemum vulgare), creeping bent (Agrostis stolonifera), hemlock (Conium maculatum), hogweed (Heracleaum sphondyleum), cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris), broad-leaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius), Yorkshire fog (Holcus lanatus), creeping buttercup (Ranunculus repens) and common daisy (Bellis perennis).

A dense, impenetrable stand of nettle (Urtica dioica) with occasional hazel, elder (Sambucus nigra) and oak make up the western part of this area.

The northern half of the common is more wooded with scrub and trees including oak, birch (Betula pendula), willow (Salix sp.), elder and hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna). This area is influenced by the water-filled drainage ditch along the north boundary, with common reed (Phragmites australis) and yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacoros). There are also damp ditches to the east and west of the northen part of the common.  

The southern boundary is a sparse hedge of hawthorn, elder, oak and blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) with a dense under storey of mainly nettle and cleavers (Galium aparine). The eastern boundary is a dense mature hedge of hawthorn, elder and blackthorn with hop (Humulus lupulus) intertwining with cleavers, nettle, hedge woundwort (Stachys sylvatica) and dog rose (Rosa canina sp.). The hedge becomes sparser to the north.  

The north boundary has a fence and sparse hedge of elder and hawthorn with a few mature oaks and some nettles. The western boundary is a hawthorn hedge with occasional mature oak and nettle.

Other species across the common include remote sedge (Carex remota), red currant (Ribes rubrum), marsh thistle (Cirsium palustre), great willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum), enchanter’s nightshade (Circaea lutetiana) and broad buckler fern (Dryopteris dilatata).

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