Nature on the Commons

Wimbledon Common, Putney Heath and Putney Lower Common are home to a rich array of wildlife and plants. 

The Commons are a part of the UK series of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) reflecting, especially, the importance of its grassland and heathland habitats. Under European Conservation Law it is also a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) with importance for beetles and insect diversity. 

There is a diversity of habitats, from freshwater to woodlands, resulting in an impressive and surprising range of flora and fauna. The Commons make an ideal place for spotting wildlife and observing the seasonal changes in the flora and fauna.  There are excellent opportunities for photography, painting, listening to bird song, searching for special plants, such as orchids, or simply relaxing in natural surroundings and enjoying the open vistas or woodland glades and ponds.

We produce two major reports each year relating to the wildlife of the Commons.  The first is our Annual Conservation Reports, produced by our Conservation and Engagement Officer, which summarises and explains the work our maintenance and conservation teams carry out on the Commons; and the the second, a substantial Monitoring Report on the recording of the flora and fauna of areas of the Commons which is written by our Defra-appointed Conservator, Dr Ros Taylor.