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Date updated: 31/01/2023

Managing Coulsdon Common

Coulsdon Common is a 51-hectare area of public open space owned and managed by the City of London Corporation. It is a wooded common, home to ancient woodland and pockets of wildflower-rich chalk grassland and acid grassland. Its natural and cultural heritage are of national importance, the legacy of centuries of interaction between people and the environment. Coulsdon Common is a designated National Nature Reserve owing to its community of wildflowers and rare invertebrates associated with semi-natural downland habitats.

As we progress through the 2020's and beyond, the challenge of protecting this valuable resource will increase as pressures from environmental and human factors mount. To meet this challenge we have adopted a 10-year Plan to explain how we will manage Coulsdon Common to protect and enhance it for wildlife, people and landscape.

The Plan covers everything from the management of nationally important chalk grasslands and specialist species, to improving our conservation and interpretation of the reserves heritage features, how we wish to work with our local community, partner organisations and volunteer groups, provide educational opportunities, improve our visitor provision and much more. You can read more about how we hope to achieve this in the Plan below.

Coulsdon Common Management Plan 2021-2031

Cover image for the Coulsdon Common management plan showing a pair of frogs in a pond surrounded by frog spawn
Coulsdon Common Management Plan 2021-2031
Date submitted: 31/01/23