Now owned and managed by Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the Southrepps Commons Local Nature Reserve comprises 12.4 hectares of woodland, reeds, sedges, grass and rare wild flowers, spreading over five sites in Lower Southrepps village. About half the reserve is a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’ and a ‘Special Area of Conservation’, providing home to an exceptionally wide range of habitats and species; botanists love it. There is an impressive 800 metre boardwalk threading its way through tall reeds and across two bridges, with wheelchair access to the most important parts of the site.
The Common is central to all the sites, and is the most interesting and diverse botanically. Here you can see, amongst many other species, wild orchids, cottongrass, bog-bean and tall reeds. Typical birds of reedbeds such as reed warblers, sedge warblers and reed buntings can often be found here. Management mainly consists of cutting the reeds and other vegetation.
Download detailed reports of the species to be found here
compiled by the site's many valuable volunteers
Download the fascinating history of Southrepps Commons
Visit the Nature Reserve page for NWT Southrepps Commons
Many Southrepps Commons volunteers continue to offer their time and expertise with NWT to care for the reserve today, as part of a new dependent volunteer group. You can read about them on their new blog!
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