RRodborough common mapodborough Common is a Special Area of Conservation, supporting a wide diversity of species including rare insects and wild flowers.

The human population around Rodborough Common has grown which has caused the increase in number and width of footpaths that criss-cross it. This is causing concern about the loss of undisturbed grassland that provides habitat for skylarks and the numerous other species that thrive there.

This summer Stroud Valleys Project, working with National Trust, conducted a number of surveys of the Common in order to monitor the paths.

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These surveys included botanical surveys across narrow paths that appear to be widening and a drone survey providing an overall view of the situation.

Compared with previous aerial images, the 2017 drone survey shows a shocking increase in the area of grassland trodden down by footfall. The surveys therefore will play an important part in devising future grassland management strategies.Nat trust logo

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Caring for the Cows and the Commons

WCommone are currently working on a project to help conserve Rodborough Common, working with Stroud District Council, National Trust and Natural England (Rodborough Common Conservation Programme).

Both Rodborough and Minchinhampton commons are Sites of Special Scientific Interest as they have such a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Rodborough Common is a particularly important European limestone grassland site and receives a higher level of protection as a ‘Special Area of Conservation’.

Thousands enjoy these beautiful commons. However, increasing numbers of visitors could have a damaging effect on this precious environment. Stroud Valleys Project is working with its partners to help raise public awareness of the things we can do to help take care of the common and we’ll be launching a leaflet to advise people visiting the commons of some simple steps they can take to help protect them.

The cattle that graze the commons between May and October play an essential part in maintaining the conditions in which our wildflowers thrive. To celebrate Marking Day, the traditional day that the cows return to the commons, we are working with the National Trust and local organisations to arrange a day of activities for all the family. There will be a chance to learn about local history and wildlife and there will be a talk by butterfly expert Matthew Oates. The event will take place around The Lodge on Minchinhampton Common on 13 May. Drop by between 11am – 3pm.

On 17 June at 2pm there will also be a walk on Rodborough Common with Stroud Valleys Project and the National Trust Ranger for the commons. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the plants and butterflies to be found on the commons and the conservation work being done to protect them.

We will be forming volunteer groups to engage in further work to help conserve the commons this summer. One group will help to distribute the ‘Caring for the Commons’ leaflet and chat to people about dog walking routines. Another group will be conducting surveys of the flowers and grasses along footpaths on the commons.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with the Rodborough Common conservation project then please contact us.

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