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When: Saturday 14th April
Where: Netley Common, Nr. Thornhill, Southampton, (Nearest P/code:SO19 6DX) OS OL 22 Grid ref. SU479118
Task: Fence maintenance
Client: Hampshire County Council
Leader: Dave Edmonds
Netley common is important for wildlife associated with lowland heath and its value for nature conservation is locally rich, hence its designation as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).
Netley Common consists of open heathland and grassland with islands of scrub and gorse, surrounded by a mixed woodland fringe consisting mainly of oak, aspen, sweet chestnut, and silver birch. Scots Pine dominate the high forest towards the east and an acidic wet flush extends down the slope to the west.
It has some interesting flora and shallow pools associated with it, such as a small colony of round leaved sundew, aromatic bog myrtle and bog asphodel. Three native heathers can be found on Netley Common: ling (common heather), bell heather and cross leaved heath along with associated scrub species like dwarf gorse, common gorse and young birch and willow.
Reptiles such as common lizards and adders can sometimes be found basking on the heath when it's sunny but slither away to the cover of a bush when disturbed.
Birds such as linnets, yellowhammer and Dartford warblers prefer to nest in the areas of open scrub on the heath, while woodpecker, blackbirds, and jays nest in the surrounding woodland. Foxes, rabbits and even roe deer have been seen, especially around dusk.
The heath is also important for its invertebrates, as well as its elegant butterflies and dragonflies.
Our work this weekend will be clear to carry out fence and gate maintenance to keep the site secure and any livestock in.
Meet at 10am at the car park on Kanes Hill/West End Road (A27) almost opposite Netley Firs Close. Head south on the A3024 from junction 8 of the M27, at the large roundabout take the 4th exit to head west on the A27. The car park is about two thirds of a mile on the left.