Off Riffhams Chase, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2
Danbury Common is made up of lots of different habitats - we call it a mosaic. Here you can see tall trees alongside lowland heath, with ponds and coppice woodland as well as acid grassland. It's this variety that makes Danbury really special, and it's the second largest heathland in Essex too. As a common, people would have had rights to collect wood and graze their animals. We don't graze here anymore so trees are trying to grow on the areas of heath - because of this we mow the common to keep the trees in check. Heathland is a very rare habitat in Essex; lots of creatures including birds, reptiles and insects rely on the plants that grow here.
The name 'ling' is another word for heather, and as the name implies, Lingwood Common is a place where woodland and heathland meet. Looking through the 20 Hectare site, you could easily see it as a typical woodland, with tall stands of trees and open clearings, but look a little bit closer and you'll see that these glades are home to heathland plants, and it is this variety which makes Lingwood a Site of Special Scientific Interest.