Beeston & Sheringham Commons                                              sssi/sac

Beeston Back  and

Top Commons


The other commons present in the Beeston Regis / Sheringham area are Beeston Back Common and Top Common. Both Commons lie to the north of the A149 Sheringham to Cromer road. Although are interesting in their own right they are not part of the Sheringham and Beeston Common SSSI/SAC, which lies to the south of the road (see map).


The Commons although not as species-rich as the SSSI to the south of the Cromer Road (AI49) do still have some interesting plants as well as masses of buttercups in the late spring/early summer. In late May/June many Common Spotted Orchids can be found on the damper areas and in some years Bee Orchids are present. Occasionally a Southern Marsh Orchid is also found. Quaking grass is also present indicating that areas of the Commons are of a calcareous nature. In areas of drier habitat trefoils and clovers are present which attract Common Blue butterflies. The areas of long grass and buttercups are frequented by Meadow Brown and Ringlet butterflies.


The railway line that bisects the Commons acts as a ‘wildlife corridor’ for many species and foxes are known to use it to visit adjacent gardens. Sticklebacks are found in the deeper and slower flowing parts of the becks, which are also a favourite haunt of the Grey Wagtail.