South Repps Common & Surrounding Paths Walk with Janice Darch
Sunday 15th March
9:30am to 12:00pm
Meeting Point: Meet at South Repps Village Hall, Chapel Street, South Repps, NR11 8NW, OS Explorer Sheet 252: TG 256365
Note: Walking boots will be needed for the paths and boardwalks. Refreshments may be available at the pub in South Repps on our return.
Distance: Approximately 3 miles
Description: We will start and end our walk in the Village Hall car park. There is a footpath to South Repps Common allowing us to explore the area as we go to the Common. Southrepps Common became a Norfolk Wildlife Trust Reserve in March 2019. It comprises five adjoining sites spreading over 12 hectares. Just under half is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The sites are a mosaic of woodland, tall-herb fen and reed bed, and home to many special plant species as well as a wide range of birds and invertebrates. On Southrepps Common itself you can find wild orchids, cottongrass, bog-bean, devil’s-bit scabious and tall reeds. We will be a bit too early in the year to find many migratory reed bed birds such as Reed or Sedge Warblers but we will look for Reed Buntings, finch flocks and Cetti's Warblers. School Common is woodland and can be partly accessed via a boardwalk to view passerines, tit flocks and woodpeckers. Pit Common has a pond which has Moorhens, Mallards and the occasional visiting Heron. Mill Common and Bradfield Road Common are both broad-leaved woodlands where we will look for Goldcrests, Nuthatches and Treecreepers.
Children are welcome if accompanied by well-behaved adults, but we regret no dogs. To keep the club's carbon footprint small, please consider car sharing.