is a large open space to the north of the city centre
. It is bounded by the districts of Shirley
. The area supports a large variety of wildlife, including the largest recorded population of the internationally rare great crested newt
. It is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest
Southampton Common currently includes of woodland, parkland, rough grassland, ponds, wetlands, nature trails, a paddling pool, a children's play area, a model yachting pond, and a fishing lake. The Common is used for a wide variety of community events, Flower Festival, Race for life Cancer Research UK
and formerly 'Power in the Park' hosted by Power FM
The Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre at the southern end has been built on the former site of Southampton Zoo and the comprehensive displays document the natural history of the area; with interactive resources, educational facilities and information about local wildlife and environmental management. To the west, bordering on Hill Lane, is a historic cemetery
that also includes many rare flora
. Cemetery Pond is popular for birds.
The south east of the Common includes an open air paddling pool that has recently been refurbished and a play area for children. This is located near to a car parking zone and the Cowherds Public House
, a local landmark which has a history going back to the 17th century.
The history of Southampton Common can be traced... Read More