The common is very popular for recreation by local people. There is a public footpath and bridleway through the common, along with many informal paths. You can explore this common and the surrounding Lane End commons on the Frieth Round circular walk.
Moorend Common, designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, is a mosaic of ancient woodland and open areas. The woodlands include areas of beech high forest in Moor Copse, oak-birch woodland and a small area of conifer plantation. The open areas, which used to be more extensive, include areas of acid and marshy grassland, heather and bracken.
Due to the mixture of soils and wet areas over 200 plant species have been recorded on the site including a huge variety of orchids. These, in turn, attract a range of butterflies including rare species such as the Purple Emperor. There's more information about the invertebrates of Moorend Common in this survey report, commissioned by the Commons Project.
Historically the common was very open with few trees and was used by locals for grazing animals such as horses, donkeys and goats. In the late 1800's Ayres Fair brought stalls, swings and roundabouts to the common. The Commons Project commissioned research into the geology and history of the common - read the report.
Informal onsite and offsite parking is avaliable.
Local photographer, Adrian Porter, has taken many photographs on the Common. Adrian also photographed an oak tree not far from Moorend Common throughout the course of a year, documenting it across the seasons.
The Common is owned and managed by the Lane End Parish Council. If you would like to help manage this interesting site please contact the Clerk of the Parish Council.
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