Martlesham Common is the area of land between the A12, Mill Heath, Felixstowe Road and Tesco and is designated as a County Wildlife Site. The survey of its flora and fauna is well under way and since the beginning of March, many sightings of a wide variety of species have been recorded by several volunteers, including 29 species of birds, 12 species butterflies, 17 different insects including six different bees and at least 102 different plants (including trees and large shrubs).
These results show already that Martlesham Common has a wide diversity of flora and fauna and is therefore an important place for the wildlife as well as being an attractive and interesting area for residents. The results for June have not yet been fully analysed but will certainly add more species to the list and the survey is continuing throughout the year.
If anyone is interested to help with this survey to record what they see on each visit; this can be daily, weekly, monthly or whenever you are walking across the Common, please contact the Secretary or visit them at their stand at the Open Day below.
This Open Day is being arranged by Martlesham Parish Council, helped by the Greenways Project on Saturday 2nd September 2017. They will have a stand with more information about the results so far of the Martlesham Common Wildlife Survey and how you can help. They are also arranging an activity on the Common for people of all ages and their display will also show some scenes from their earlier Martlesham in Bloom albums.
The Hanging Baskets in The Square and containers around the village are now in full bloom and looking very attractive and colourful; thank you to all who helped.
For further information please contact J. Maureen Burrows (Secretary) on 01473 625 196.