Beeston & Sheringham Commons                                              sssi/sac






Wet Heath

Dry Heath

Scrub/Secondary Woodland


These areas are mainly confined to the northern half of the Commons close to the A149 and as far back as pond A. A smaller area formerly occurred near the back boundary hedge between areas VII and VIII but since 1975 has been lost due to the encroachment of scrub and secondary woodland. All areas of rough grassland are diminishing under the invasion of Gorse and Bramble. Formerly grazing and latterly the lack of fires (which used to be almost an annual event around November 5th) has enabled succession to take place. Since 1984 a management programme has been underway and some areas of grassland have been re-established. The main grassland area has a variety of 'zones' recognisable depending on the amount of moisture and shade available. Grasses such as Cocksfoot, Yorkshire Fog, and tussock-forming Meadow-grasses are the main components with Lady's Smock on the damper areas. Soft Brome, Timothy and Fox-tail are found on the drier parts with  Plantains, Yarrow  and Hogweed. Common Blue and Essex Skipper butterflies are present in the areas as are Roesel’s Bush-crickets.

Essex Skipper

Common Blue and Lady’s Smock

Roesel’s Bush-cricket