Following their absence last year we are hoping that cattle will once again join the ponies on the common for the next few months, possibly arriving in April or May. Cattle will compliment the conservation grazing carried out by our ponies, with the aim of maintaining a diverse sward of heathland vegetation and preventing the more vigorous plant species from dominating.
As always, please observe the following rules:
– Do not attempt to touch or feed the animals
– Dogs should be kept under close control at all times
Thank you for your cooperation.
The next conservation task will take place on Saturday 11th April, meeting at 10am in Litcham Common car park. As always, new volunteers will be welcome.Please telephone Tim Angell on 01328 700045 for more information.
Some people will have noticed the big square hole in the turf not far from the corral. This is where someone has dug up and taken away a holly tree. Contrary to popular belief all commons have an owner, in the case of Litcham Common this being Lexham Hall Estate, and the removal of plants, trees or logs without permission is theft. In addition, Litcham Common is governed by bylaws which prohibit ‘removing or damaging any plant or other vegetation whether living or dead’ without permission. Please ask a member of the common’s management committee before taking things from the common; we like to think we are a reasonable group of people! (And for the absolute avoidance of doubt, we have no objection at all to activities such as picking blackberries!) A full copy of the bylaws can be viewed on Litcham’s website at the bottom of the Litcham Common tab headed ‘Management’.
On a more positive front, we are very grateful indeed for the way in which many regular users of the common help care for it, for example by removing litter as they walk round or reporting any problems they spot. Thank you.
The next monthly conservation task will take place on Saturday 10th August starting at 10am. Please contact Tim Angell on 01328 700045 if you are interested in joining us.
Our next conservation task with be on Saturday 20th July starting at 10am, when we will continue the work of digging up ragwort. New recruits will be welcome and tools/protective gloves supplied. Please contact Tim Angell on 01328 700045 for more information.
Guided walk on Litcham Common
Monday 8th July: 10am to 12noon
As part of Commons Week Nick Acheson from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust will be leading a “wildlife wander” on Litcham Common showing you the wildlife that makes this site so special. No need to book; just turn-up and join-in.
Meet in the car park on the Dunham Road, PE32 2NT