Wareham Common: A Case Study

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I have been fortunate to live within close walking distance of Wareham Common in Dorset since the summer of 2006 and so it has a particular interest for me. Wareham town's origins are medieval, it was a major walled Saxon settlement, and the common is closely linked with this ancient history having been used by the townsfolk to graze their stock. The site is one of the best examples of coastal flood grazing in the south of England and although agriculturally improved over the centuries it still retains a degree of botanical and invertebrate interest. In this series of articles I will attempt to describe the key aspects of the common's history and ecology from a non-expert perspective in the hope it may enable others, especially those who use the common for recreational walks, to gain more enjoyment from it through a greater understanding of this unique environment.