Hampshire Countryside Service

Schools at Netley Common

Netley Common is a stone's throw from Thornhill and is often used by local schools. The children use the Common to learn about everything from wildlife and their habitats to local history. They have also enjoyed coming out to see the hairy highland cattle who graze the Common each spring.

The Common is particularly suitable for schools wishing to study endangered habitats, since lowland heath is a rare and fragile habitat. It is also very suitable for general natural history studies and local history projects. It should be noted however that there are no public toilets on site and no car park large enough for a coach.

Local schools can arrange a certain number of visits with the rangers for no cost. All schools are welcome to visit Netley Common without accompanying rangers; however we do ask groups to let us know when they are planning to visit the Common so that we can ensure events and activities do not clash.

Photo: This gate was designed by a year 4 class from a local school.