OS Landranger Map 196 Grid Ref SU479118
Client: Hampshire County Council, Countryside Service
Netley Common is the city's last remaining piece of open heathland, including grassland with islands of scrub and gorse, and with a fringe of mixed woodland. A spring creates an area of acidic flushes, supporting tussocky bog vegetation. Archeaological features include a Roman Road and a Bronze Age burial mound.
See the HCC website on Netley Common for its wildlife and history.
This site was partly fenced some years ago but grazing ran into various problems. It has since been re-done with a fence around almost the whole site. Over two days we made a small contribution by putting up about 150 metres, with more than the usual number of problems. Hard ground doesn't necessarily make for solid posts, but rather for rotating and lifting ones!
More recently we have been clearing birch, gorse and other scrub to open up the heath to allow the heather to regenerate.
We will be continuing with clearance of invasive birch. This opens up the heath and allows the heather to regenerate.
Meet at 10am at the car park on Kanes Hill/West End Road almost opposite Netley Firs Close.