Boyland Common update.

 

I am pleased to show below a recent report regarding the common as shown below. Further specific details regarding this report  including the species of plants involved are available upon request from paul@shelfanger.com

Wildlife in Common 

 Site Management Statement 

Boyland Common 

TM 088 847 

County Wildlife Site:  CWS 8 

Common number:  CL 289 

Overview 

In 2018, as part of a Norfolk Wildlife Trust project called Wildlife in Common, Boyland Common was 

surveyed. This County Wildlife Site is an area of registered common land comprising unimproved 

neutral grassland over a well-drained soil.  The grassland is broadly typical of the boulder clay 

grasslands and the site is partially surrounded by mature hedgerows.  The site is flat throughout, 

with only a few damp hollows. Boyland Common is managed by a Friends of Group who organise 

for the site to be cut for hay by a local farmer. 

In December 2018 Helen Baczkowska (NWT Conservation Officer) walked the site with members 

of the Friends of Boyland Common. The Friends group organise the site to be cut annually for hay 

and have a small group of volunteers to help with practical tasks.  

From this site visit the following management was recommended to: 

 Continue to increase diversity of flora found in the areas of neutral grassland. 

 To control scrub encroachment onto the site. 

 Manage areas as buffer strips to provide hunting areas for the resident barn owls. 

 To create paths so local people can walk through the site and enjoy the area. 

 To increase the area of dyer’s greenweed – a locally scarce plant of unimproved grassland. 

 

1. Conservation priorities in brief 

1) Continue to take an annual hay cut from Area A and B from July through to September. 

2) Restore grassland habitat in Area C through introducing a cutting regime, where blocks are 

cut on rotation using a scythe and the arisings are removed. 

3) In area C try and increase the area of dyer’s greenweed (Genista tinctoria), through winter 

cutting. 

4) Maintain access through the meadows through cutting paths through the growing seasons. 

5) Keep ditches clear from scrub and create a buffer strip along the top of each ditch, which is 

cut on rotation every 2-3 years to prevent scrub from taking hold. 

6) Coppice willows every 3-5 years in Area C. 

7) Pollard ash in area A. 

8) Prevent scrub from encroaching onto meadows by annually cutting the grass up to the 

hedges every year (and removing arisings). 

Author: Gemma Walker (Wildlife in Common project)

 

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