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Roydon Common
Site of Special Scientific Interest
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Area of Search Norfolk
Interest Biological
Area 194.9 hectares (482 acres)
Notification 1984
Location map Magic Map

Roydon Common is a 194.9-hectare (482-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest east of King's Lynn in Norfolk. It is also a Grade I Nature Conservation Review site, a National Nature Reserve and a Ramsar site. It is part of the Roydon Common and Dersingham Bog Special Area of Conservation and Roydon Common and Grimston Warren nature reserve, which is managed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust,

Official name: Roydon Common
Designated: 5 March 1993
Reference #: 588


The common is described by Natural England as "one of the best examples in Britain of a lowland mixed valley mire". It has diverse habitats, including wet acid heath, calcareous fen and dry heath on acid sands. There are rare plants, birds and insects, including the black darter dragonfly.

Uncommon plant species include black bogrush, marsh fern, cranberry, bog asphodel, common cotton-grass, all three species of sundew and sphagnum moss. The common also supports some uncommon dragonfly species such as the broad-bodied chaser. Many species of flowers grow in grassy clearings on the drier ground which attract butterflies such as green and purple hairstreaks and brown argus.


There is access by footpaths including one from Pott Row which runs along the southern boundary

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