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Yateley Common - the facts

This page is currently being added to, and amended. Click on the blue underlined links. I shall continue to write pages and add links.


I intend to present the facts about Yateley Common in an FAQ format so that I can add to the page as I get time, and as questions are put to me. When the page gets unwieldy I may then reorganise it. If anyone reading this has any specific questions please get in touch via the wikimaster. Likewise if someone has additional information and you don‘t possess the password, please get in touch. PJT


Links to FAQ pages & Summary



What is the size of Yateley Common?

Answer: about 500 hectares

Which is the largest Common In Hampshire?

Answer: Yateley Common is the largest registered unit (CL24 in the Hampshire registers).

Who owns the common?

Answer: there are 6 different owners, of which 4 own large tracts

Is there public access to Yateley Common?

Answer: Yes, but not to all of it



Does Yateley Common have any protection for its natural habitats, and wild fauna and flora?

Answer: much of the common is now a Special Protection Area for Wild Birds designated under European law

What are the consequences of the Yateley Common's status as an SPA?

Answer: the common must now be managed for its wildlife habitats. There is currently a moratorium on new residential development near the SPA. There are large fines for anyone who willfully damages the protected habitat.

When did Yateley Common first become a Site of Special Scientific Interest?

Answer: in 1978. The part of the common first created SSSI was all that east of Cricket Hill.



When was Yateley Common first created?

Answer: it has evolved since the mesolithic period

Why was Yateley Common requisitioned during WW2?

Answer: for two reasons, to create an airfield for the invasion of France and to train armoured vehicle crews

Has Yateley Common always had military uses?

Answer: many and varied since pre-history

Has there always been markets & fairs on Yateley Common?

Answer: the site of part of the Blackwater Fair was probably on common land for 700 years



How many people have common rights?

Answer: 23 people had their rights confirmed in the High Court in the 1970s

How many grazing animals are allowed on Yateley Common?

Answer: an incredible number, but a large number may be unusable.

What is the relevence of common rights today?

Answer: grazing is the best method of managing lowland heath as a sustainable habitat



Who manages Yateley Common today?

Answer: Hampshire Countryside Service and Hampshire Wildlife Trust, the latter under contract to the MOD. Some parts are not actively managed to Habitat Directive requirements.

How was the common managed historically?

Answer: at first by the manorial courts, and in the 20th century by the Yateley Conservators. Yateley Parish Council has played an active role from the 19th century.

Are there plans to introduce grazing?

Answer: The Hampshire Wildlife Trust is likely to be the first

If grazing is introduced will the common need to be fenced?

Answer: Not necessarily. The current debate is between cattle grids and speed restrictions and fencing. Fencing is cheaper and easier to manage.

Has Yateley Common been correctly prioritised by Natural England with respect to SSSI management?

Answer: No. The 2005 Entec UK Ltd report has wrongly assigned other SSSI units to the registered Yateley Common and has other defects. Yateley Common should have a higher priority than assigned.


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To be continued, and probably revised...

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