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Old Friday 8th August 2003, 13:21   #1
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Belton Common

Belton Common

Belton Common is in Norfolk but in the recording area of Suffolk all records should be sent to both county recorders. The Heath is a remnant of the Suffolk Sandlings, which stretched from here right down to Ipswich during the middle ages. It is a typical heath land habitat with semi natural mixed woodland at its western end.

Belton Common is situated in Belton village four miles south west of Great Yarmouth. Grid ref TG475021. From Great Yarmouth take the A143 Beccles Road turn right into Beccles Road at the crossroads (TG499021) go straight onto Bracon road. Turn left into Station Road South, then left into Sandy Lane opposite the “Tavern” Public House. Park on the road by the Bungalow “Oakdale” The lane to the common runs to the right of the dwelling. Walk down the sandy track through the gate & the common is on your left.

Key Birds: Turtle Dove, Bullfinch & Yellowhammer.

The Common is very good for Autumn Passerine migrants & is relatively under watched.
The Woodland is good fro Redpoll. Check the pylons for Raptors & they are a good place to see Turtledoves in summer.

Other Wildlife: Good for Common Lizard, Adder & grass snake.
Very rich in Lepidoptera including White Admiral & Brown Argus.
It is also particularly good for acid heath flora & Fungi in autumn.

Local Contact: Colin Jacobs’s [email protected]

Bird Recorder: (Suffolk) Dave Thurlow [email protected]
(Norfolk) Giles Dunmore [email protected]

Further Reading: Nature in East Norfolk. The Great Yarmouth Naturalists Society. ISBN: 0-9539361-0-4
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