About Cleeve Common
Cleeve Common is a nationally important resource. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its geology, habitats and botany and it contains a wealth of archaeological interest, including three Scheduled Monuments. The Common and its surroundings lie within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Cleeve is Gloucestershire’s largest common, with an area of over 400 hectares (1000 acres). It is a haven for plants, insects, reptiles, birds and mammals that thrive on the agriculturally unimproved limestone grassland, a habitat that has dwindled alarmingly in recent decades. Prior to 1935, such grassland accounted for over 40% of the Cotswolds: today the figure is only 1.5%. Cleeve Common therefore represents a major stronghold for this threatened habitat.
These pages tell you more about Cleeve Common, what it looks like today and what made it so, what makes it such a special place and the plants, insects, birds and animals that inhabit it.