Croxley Common Moor
Whilst all around has been built on or improved for modern agriculture, Croxley Common Moor remains little changed - a wonderful untouched haven for wildlife close to Watford in Croxley Green, just 100 yards from Croxley station on the Metropolitan line of the London Underground. Pedestrian access is either via Mill Lane in Croxley Green, or from Moor Lane Crossing which lies just off Tolpits Lane. Please note that there is no designated car park for Croxley Common Moor, but local parking is available within Croxley.
Its 100 acres of historic grassland straddle the flood plain of the River Gade. It is the action of the river scouring across the plain, combined with centuries of grazing, which has produced the rich and diverse plant life that can be seen today. Common Moor covers 41.9 hectares and has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest as well as a Local Nature Reserve due to the special plantlife and community value.
The moor has over 250 different types of plants in addition to numerous ant hills made by yellow meadow ants and form a series of mounds across the Local Nature Reserve. These ants make a tasty meal for green woodpeckers which can often be heard 'yaffling' in the background.
During the winter volunteers remove unwanted vegetation that would otherwise turn the open moor into woodland and from around April each year they are helped by a number of cows which lazily graze the moor.
Join the Friends of Croxley Common Moor. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary.
Address: WD18 8WJ