Welcome to Hawridge and Cholesbury Commons
42 hectares of common land
designated as a county wildlife site
Hawridge and Cholesbury Commons comprises 42 hectares of privately owned common land, consisting of about 25% grass and bracken with woodland forming the remainder. The owner, Christine Stott and the local Preservation Society (HCCPS) manage the Commons which are designated as a County Wildlife Site.
Hilltop Commons Conservation Group run regular volunteer days as part of their conservation work on the commons. Work can be varied and has included scrub clearance and pond restoration. Tools, hot refreshments and delicious cakes are provided and it's a wonderful way to make new friends whilst enjoying the great outdoors.
The Village Picnic is now confirmed for Sunday June 25th, and on the day, the cricket club are looking to put on an informal match for youngsters as entertainment for the community.
OWL BOX PROJECT UPDATE
Bucks Owl and Raptor Group (BORG) rep, Lynne Lambert, reported that the smallest barn owl chick ringed at Hawridge pastures last year, which looked to be the least likely to survive, has been found alive and well in Mentmore, with a possible mate nearby. This is great news. Meanwhile, last year's successful parents at Hawridge are already back in their box.
Spring and Summer 2016
In late Spring Lynne Lambert recorded two Barn Owl eggs and on a return visit in early July she ringed four kestrel chicks. On her next visit in late July Lynne was delighted to find four barn owl chicks which she weighed, measured and ringed. Christine has had a very successful year with the new bird boxes, and the Owl and Raptor group say it is largely down to the perfect habitat that she provides on the valley. Whilst the boxes on Christine’s land have been more successful than those on the Commons, Lynne has suggested that as the local raptor population grows they may start using the extra boxes around the Commons.
The work to bury the black plastic, and landscape the pond edge, was completed on 30th November which means that the pond is now ready for the winter rains, when the new earth will settle to some extent. We hope the pond will, over the next few months, regain much of its former water depth to the benefit of both the wildlife and the local community.
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USEFUL LINKS AND INFORMATION
Take a look at our Veteran Trees recently recorded and tagged and saved for all to enjoy.
Take a look at the Jubilee Walks which offer a variety of interesting walks on and around the Commons and read our latest Newsletter, or Subscribe and get the latest events and news straight to your inbox.
Read the incredibly informative 'Local Heritage Study' Hawridge and Cholesbury Commons' by Lindsay Griffin.
Committee members records since 1967.