Danbury Common

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Danbury Common
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Danbury Common - geograph.org.uk - 1282346.jpg
Area of Search Essex
Grid reference TL782043
Interest Biological
Area 70.2 hectares
Notification 1986
Location map Magic Map

Danbury Common is a 70.2 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Danbury in Essex. Most of it is common land owned by the National Trust, and two areas, the Backwarden and Hitchcock's Meadows, are part of Essex Wildlife Trust's Danbury Ridge Nature Reserves.[1][2][3][4]

The site is one of the largest areas of heathland left in the county, and also has bracken and gorse scrub, and woodland with oak and birch. Upper parts are on glacial gravel, and lower down there are boggy heath and woodland areas. Woodland ground flora includes bluebells and anemones. Meadows have uncommon species such as meadow saxifrage and hoary cinquefoil. The common is the main British site for the rosy marbled moth, and there are several ponds.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Danbury Common citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Map of Danbury Common". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Danbury Ridge Nature Reserves". Essex Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Danbury Commons and Blakes Wood". National Trust. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 

Coordinates: 51°42′45″N 0°34′22″E / 51.7124°N 0.5729°E / 51.7124; 0.5729

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