AVINGTON COMMON HAS
Lsurvived and prospered owing to active management by the National Trust. Although the common is surrounded by mature woodland (mainly conifers), the heathland Gorse, Broom and Ling flourishing on the poor sandy soils, still manages to retain those two icons of this important bird habitat: Dartford Warbler and Stonechat Wood Lark. Tree Pipit and Stonechat are also present while an evening walk should yield the eerie sounds of Nightjar and Woodcock. The walk also takes in open farmland affording views back across the canopy where Goshawk and Honey Buzzard are occasionally reported. Through the quieter sections of the woodland Roe Deer may be encountered, usually along the margins, and keep an eye out for Adders if you are taking along a dog. With further clearing of pine plantations to the south of the site, and associated cattle grazing, the future looks bright for this classic lowland heath. Hopefully, the Red-backed Shrike will recover here.