Knebworth Parish Council

Serving the people of Knebworth

Norton Green Common SSSI

Discovering Dragonflies

Sunday 10th June 10.30-1.00pm

Knebworth Parish Council have organised a dragonfly information day that will be lead by Roy Woodward on Sunday 10th June at Norton Green Common Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Norton Green Common is just under nine acres and makes up part of Knebworth Woods Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the southern section of the common is a SSSI – the land in Knebworth parish is also in both a Entry and Higher level Stewardship Scheme and is in a management plan written by Natural England.

The common consists of a mosaic of ancient woodland an open glade of wet grassland that is species rich. It is surrounded by ancient ditches, ponds and historic hedges. Recently some evidence has been discovered of the land being inhabited from the period of 1st century Rome.

The common is particularly good for insects, with at least fifteen species of dragonflies recorded in the area. The information day is being led by Roy Woodward who is our local recorder and is representing The British Dragonfly Society as the site is of significance to the dragonfly species. For more information on dragonflies and links to the BDS identification app please see WWW.british-dragonflies.org.uk.

Getting here:

Please meet outside of Norton Green Farm, near the pond, OS map reference TL229232.. Norton Green has very limited parking so please park in Caxton Way or Potters Lane, SG1 2DD and walk under the bridge for the A1 and continue South on the common to the pond.

if your coming by train please use the steps to the west of the station and walk through the leisure park to Six Hills Way then continue towards Gunnelswood road to reach the bridge – there is a Novotel on the left. The walk is about fifteen minutes.