With a long history of protection and careful management, the Hills and Commons are full of wildlife. Go quietly and you may encounter some of our fantastic species that inhabit the varied habitats found across the area.

Our woodlands in spring are full of Bluebells and birdsong with Nuthatch, Song Thrush, Pied Flycatcher and Marsh Tit. At night time the woods are used by many bats with an amazing 13 species recorded including Serotine and Barbastelle.

Upslope as the woods give way to more open habitats, the scattered scrub and Bracken is home to Harvest Mice, Stonechat, Tree Pipits, Adders and Grayling butterflies. They prefer the mosaic provided by Bracken, grassland, scrub, bare rock and occasional trees.

On the flat commons and hilltops the open grasslands prevail providing a home for Small Heath butterflies, Meadow Pipits, Green Woodpeckers and Dung Beetles. These grassland are home to some of our rarer plants including Marsh Orchids, Spring Cinquefoil and the diminutive Little Mouse-ear! The grasslands are also a great place to see fungi especially waxcaps. The area has a superb collection of veteran trees many of which are pollards such as the black poplars found across Castlemorton Common.

Much of the wildlife here is reliant on careful management including livestock grazing, harvesting hay and scrub control. Without it the variety of life would be drastically reduced. We work in close partnership with the national conservation body; Natural England.

Natural England

Useful resources

Notable Flora

We keep a record of all the unusual and rare plants on the land under our care - notable flora.  Plants are 'notable' in this context if they are scare or rare, either in Worcestershire or nationally; however, some more common plants have also been included if they may require protective management because they are scare or rare on land we care for.

List of Notable Flora (species A-G) (PDF)

List of Notable Flora (species H-Z) (PDF)