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 occasionally benefits from grazing by rare breed sheep.
Work parties occur fortnightly Sundays from September to March. To volunteer at Gamlingay Cinques , please visit the Wildlife Trust website below.