Friends of Stoke Common
The current Friends of Stoke Common Group was set up in 2008 soon after the ownership of the Common was transferred to the City of London.
The formation of the group was part of a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered by BTCV. The group runs practical conservation activities that work toward returning the Common to a healthy lowland heath by following the Stoke Common Management Plan. This work also helps to meet local Biodiversity Action Plan targets.
Stoke Common contains the largest area of heathland in south Buckinghamshire. Lowland heath is a rare habitat and Stoke Common is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Much of it has been encroached on by birch which over shadows the heather and other heathland plants. This causes the loss of this habitat which supports many important plants and animals. By removing the birch, the heather can thrive.
Stoke Common is on the outskirts of Stoke Poges village and Fulmer village in South Buckinghamshire. It is transected by the Gerrards Cross Road and Stoke Common Road.
Some examples of the monthly practical activities and events:
- Birch clearance
- Path maintenance
- Hibernaculum creation (homes for reptiles and amphibians)
- Bracken management
- Plant identification
- Bat and moth evenings
- Reptile surveys
For more details or to join the Friends of Stoke Common please contact:
Phone: 07912 731 500
E‐mail: dbrharmstrong [Email address: dbrharmstrong #AT# yahoo.co.uk - replace #AT# with @ ]
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