The Great Common

Blaxhall Common (known locally as ‘the Great Common’ to distinguish it from the other areas of common land around our village) is owned by Blaxhall Parish Council and managed by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

The 64-acre site is managed as a nature reserve, and is host to many bird species such as woodlark, nightjar, dartford warbler, goldcrest, nightingale and stonechat, reptiles such as common lizard and adder, and plants like heath milkwort, speedwell, heath bedstraw and sheep’s sorrel. It is also home to butterflies such as small copper, small heath, silver-studded blue and common blue and other insects such as the ant-lion.

Dartford warbler
Silver-studded blue

Teams of local volunteers help to look after the site by seasonal cutting to control invasive scrub and maintains the medley of habitats – primarily a patchwork of lowland heath and mixed acid grassland.

Wild foxgloves on the Great Common
Multi-coloured spring grasses on the Great Common