A dry grassland site, providing a secluded haven for visitors
Once part of Gamlingay Great Heath, Cinques Common is on dry sandy soil, which is unusual in Cambridgeshire. A popular spot for local walkers, this small reserve is under restoration as we reclaim grassland from the scrubby oak trees. The reserve is dotted with harebells and filled with the scent of gorse bloom in the spring.
Slender St. John's wort, once common on the former Great Heath, still survives here. Work is well underway to restore the important acid grassland and to prevent the continual encroachment of scrub and woodland. This site benefits from grazing by rare breed sheep.
This nature reserve can be reached by those taking the BikeBus Explorer from Cambridge.
The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.
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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.