Mansey Common is managed by the Trust under an agreement with the Lord of the Manor. It is a traditional piece of common land which can be grazed by the local people, although such rights are no longer exercised. Indeed, because of the lack of grazing the common has developed considerable amounts of scrub.
About the Reserve
The reserve is part of the larger Redgate Woods and Mansey Common SSSI and supports species-rich neutral grassland and ancient hawthorn scrub developed on the stiff clays of the Mercia Mudstones. The grassland is dominated by tufted hair grass, with Yorkshire fog and red fescue also present. Great burnet, betony, dyer’s greenweed and knapweed are just a few of the colourful but scarce plants to be found on the common. The dumble which runs along one side of the reserve is a steep sided valley dominated by mature trees and a ground flora reminiscent of ancient woodland. Dumbles are common on the Mercia Mudstones and formed due to the action of streams on the relatively soft marls and waterstones underlaid with Bunter sandstone.
Birds to be seen on the common include many of the expected woodland species including woodcock and a variety of farmland species. Before a retraction in breeding range the common was known for its small population of nightingales at what was one of the most northerly sites in Britain.
For some more pictures of the reserve please go to our Flickr set
Initial scrub clearance has been undertaken and more will be necessary. We hope that grazing by the Trust’s flock of Hebridean sheep will bring the grassland back into its prime. Work will also be undertaken to ensure a suitable habitat is maintained for nightingales and other species such as harvest mouse.
How to Get There
Mansey Common is accessible from Eakring by the public footpath forming part of the Robin Hood Way (SK683608). If you are using SatNav, enter NG22 8PA and follow the preceding directions.
If you would like further details about the reserve, or if you are interested in getting involved in the management of the site, please call the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Office on 0115 958 8242