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Summer landscape shoot at Roydon Common

  • Norwich & District Photographic Society Roydon Common, Lynn Road, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE32 1AS United Kingdom (map)

The last landscape shoot of the summer will once more take place at Roydon Common which always looks wonderful at this time of year when the heather is in full bloom.

Besides the opportunity to photograph the heather (from many different locations around the common) there are also wild ponies and cattle grazing on the common that can provide additional interest.

Meet in the rough car park at the entrance to the common on Lynn Road in good time to set off by 7:00PM. However, if you arrive late just follow the footpath at the end of the car park out onto the common where it will not be difficult to spot us.

After, the shoot we shall stop at the Lynn Rd, Gayton, King's Lynn PE32 1PA for a drink .Distance 4.5 miles (10 minutes driving).

About Roydon Common

Roydon Common is the largest remaining heath in West Norfolk. Heather heathland (as opposed to Breck heathland, which is largely dominated by grasses) is found on poor sandy soils in several parts of the county, principally here at Roydon in the Gaywood Valley and the greensands in West Norfolk, the Holt-Cromer Ridge in North Norfolk, and the upper reaches of the Bure Valley near Aylsham.

Heather heathland was formed when poor sandy soils were deforested, often thousands of years ago, and were kept open through subsequent centuries by grazing domestic livestock. The dominant plants of heather heathland are common ling, bell heather, European gorse and in some areas western gorse. Associated with them are many other heathland specialist plants including heath bedstraw, purple moor grass, common dodder and heath milkwort.

Later Event: September 2
Meeting of the Society's Committee