Meet in car park of cricket club. Park neatly as we may have a lot of cars to squeeze in. Best to be there early!
Work site is over the road. Look BOTH ways before crossing.
For some years, this area had been used for off-road biking and as a ‘bike jump’, but it had also become a haunt of drug users and as a place where rubbish was fly-tipped.
Much work, mainly by volunteers, has transformed the area into a valuable small, nature reserve. Since then, the range and number of species seen on Top Common has increased every year.
Marsh Tit (a red list species bird) visits the site to feed and has bred there, at least 19 species of butterfly, including the rare Brown Hairstreak, have been recorded (there were no butterflies in 2016) and in mid-summer the space is alive with countless bees, hoverflies, dragonflies, grasshoppers and other insects.