Nettlebed and District Commons

Nettlebed Acid Wetlands Project

Autumn 2015 saw the start of the acid wetlands project on the old claypits below Windmill Hill at Nettlebed

As part of our continuing efforts to restore ponds on Nettlebed Common, we are removing the trees that are encroaching on this site. This area is rich in mosses and lichens (bryophytes) and other acidic plants. Team Nettlebed our local volunteers have been working here for some time. Contractor work by our eco-consultant Rod d’Ayala and associates with chain saws is being carried out, to prevent scrubby woodland from spreading.

Acid wetland is a rare and important habitat in the Chilterns, especially in Oxfordshire. We want to improve the conditions to ensure that rare and unusual plants, like sphagnum moss, are not lost, and to that end, our local volunteers will continue to maintain the site.

The main work will continue during 2016 with additional help from other donors.

This work is funded by TOE2 (the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment)

As work progresses reports will be posted here Please follow the links provided below

Interim Report November 2015 (pdf)

Volunteers at work

Please keep dogs under control and proceed with caution

October 2015  to February 2016 - what a difference!

Photos - Wim Klaucke

Comparative pre and after work photographs (pdf)

Progress Report February 2016 (pdf)

Link to Pond Projects home page

Pendulous sedge clearance below Mill House May 2016

Photos - Wim Klauke

Work carried out by Team Nettlebed volunteers on most Sunday afternoons - to find out more or to join the group please email the address above