Welsh Moor and Forest Common

Welsh Moor © Copyright Alan Richards and licensed for reuse under CC2

Characteristics of Welsh Moor and Forest Common


Welsh Moor and Forest Commons are a mixture of damp acid grassland and drier heath.

They are generally very quiet commons as they are off the beaten track. They feel very secluded and are almost hidden by scrub and trees.


The internationally rare marsh fritillary butterfly can be found on Welsh Moor and Forest Common.

Management and Commons use

Welsh Moor is owned and managed by the National Trust.

Bracken management has recently taken place on the moor to encourage the re-establishment of a greater diversity of heathland plant species. This will be of value to wildlife and also provide better grazing opportunities for commoners’ livestock such as sheep and cattle.

Photo by Alan Hughes under CC 2.0


Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Open access land