Selsley Common

Selsley Common is a 97 acre area of Jurassic limestone grassland adjacent to the village.  It is a large open expanse and a rich habitat for flora and fauna.  During the summer bird song mingles with the sound of cattle, as commoners still exercise grazing rights.

It is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (see map) both for the rare species of plants and invertebrates that inhabit it and for it’s geological significance.  As part of the Cotswold AONB it is cared for by the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens.

The Cotswold Way National Trail crosses the common and paragliders and model aircraft enthusiasts can often be seen using up-draughts from the western escarpment to get lift.

Looking west from the common there are impressive panoramic views over the River Severn and across to the Forest of Dean and the Black Mountains in Wales.