Common Hill

A patchwork of small meadows and orchards, rich in wildlife.

Location

Common Hill Nature Reserve
Common Hill Lane
Fownhope
Herefordshire
HR1 4QA

OS Map Reference

SO 591 347
A static map of Common Hill

Know before you go

Size
1 hectare

Parking information

There is space for two or three cars at the top of the lane.

Grazing animals

The reserve is grazed by sheep during the summer.

Walking trails

Common Hill is in four parts - Monument Hill, Round's Meadow, North Meadow and Old Cider House. The plant and insect life of Common Hill is best appreciated during the spring and summer. Please always close the gates.

Access

There are no surfaced paths at this reserve and it is not suitable for those with limited mobility.

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Dawn to dusk

Best time to visit

Early spring to late summer

About the reserve

There are four parts to this reserve; Monument Hill, Round's Meadow, North Meadow and Old Cider House. Common Hill was common land until the early Nineteenth century, by which time most of it had been enclosed into small holdings. Monument Hill was one such holding and what was once grazing land is now a herb rich meadow. North Meadow and Old Cider House are another small holding, and was part arable and part orchard. Although the orchard remains, the arable land has reverted to grassland.   Common Hill is part of the Woolhope Dome Living Landscape.

In August 2020 we purchased Round's Meadow, an additional field of 3.1 acres at Common Hill, adjacent to the Monument Hill. We are managing the new land with seasonal grazing and  spreading seed collected from areas of the existing reserve to improve the diversity of wildflowers and grasses.

Over 20 kinds of butterflies have been recorded on Common Hill including the wood white - a species which is rapidly declining nationally but which maintains a stronghold in Herefordshire and the Woolhope Dome in particular. We also recorded wildflowers such as betony and cowslip with bird's nest orchid just outside the land. 

Contact us

Pete Johnson

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Directions

Follow Common Hill Lane out of the village of Fownhope. As you come to the brow of the hill there is a small parking area where tracks lead away in multiple directions.

Voluntary Warden David Watkins introduces Common Hill nature reserve, set in the landscape of the Woolhope Dome in Herefordshire.

Wildflower meadow of yellow and white flowers with tall hedgerow in background and hills beyond

Davies Meadow Nature Reserve (Paul Lloyd)

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