Nettlebed and District Commons

Nettlebed Volunteers

‘Team Nettlebed’ is a small informal group of volunteers who get together most Sundays and occasional weekdays to carry out conservation work on Nettlebed Common.

In winter we concentrate on pond restoration – removing excess vegetation such as overhanging trees that block the light and cause a build-up of rotting material in the water.  This work comes to an end in February, when, on warmer days, frogs, toads and newts emerge from hibernation and migrate back to water to lay their eggs.  Later in the year, dragonflies too come to lay their eggs and hunt for food.  All these creatures need sunshine to warm up their bodies before they can become active, so it is important to reduce excessive shading around the ponds.

For the rest of the year, our main priority is reducing scrub (brambles, bracken, small trees such as birch that seed themselves wherever there is open space).  This helps heather, foxgloves and many other flowering plants to thrive, and these in turn provide more food for butterflies, bees and other insects.  Clearing scrub has many advantages: it creates a mosaic of different habitats, and gives the common a more open aspect, which is good news for human visitors too!

If you’d like to join us for a session please contact:

All are welcome - No previous experience is necessary!