Secondary school resources

Biodiversity on the Common


© Ron Appleby


Greenham Common was common land until it was taken over for use as an RAF Airfield in 1941.  From the 1950s until 1992 it was used as an American airbase and became the base for cruise missiles.  Following the closure of the airbase a massive restoration programme began to help the site revert back to heathland. This included the introduction of grazing and, as part of the restoration, the creation of new habitats.

The resources below explore the flora and fauna of Greenham Common.


Media Files

Natural England Greenham Common - movie

Natural England
Greenham Common

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Impact Natural England Movie

Impact Natural
England Movie
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RelAted Website Links

The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust is one of 47 Wildlife Trusts across Britain.

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Greenham Common Trust

Read about the types of wildlife present on Greenham Common.

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Natural England

Specific information about the Greenham Common SSSI and surrounding SSSI's.

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UK BAP website

Supports the implementation of UK Biodiversity Action Plan on behalf of the UK Biodiversity Partnership and the UK Government.

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RSPB Maintain 200 nature reserves covering 130,000 hectares, home to 80% of our rarest or most threatened bird species.

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Greenham Common Act 2000

The Government Act that deals with the restoration of land at Greenham and Crookham Commons.

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The Bat Conservation Trust

There are 17 species of bat in the UK, all of which are protected by law. Find out more here.

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A DEFRA press release about new laws to protect European Protected Species and their habitats.

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