The Work of the Association
• Designation as a Local Nature Reserve
We supported the work of Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, owners of the Common, to ensure that the Common achieved status as a Local Nature Reserve in 2001. As a Local Nature Reserve, the Common has better protection from possible development or encroachment that has an adverse affect on the wildlife.
• Restoration of the medieval Great Pond
The ECA started work in 1975 to restore the drained medieval Great Pond. The work took four years to complete and was achieved by ECA volunteers at cost of only £180. The Nature Conservancy Council (now English Nature) contributed to these costs on condition that the pond is kept as a wildlife area.
The Great Pond is now a beautiful stretch of water covering about 6 acres. It is protected from fishing and is kept as a wildlife reserve for pond life, amphibians and resident wildfowl such as coots, moor hen, mallard, tufted duck, great crested grebes, swans and herons. The water is also visited by less common wildfowl in the winter. The ECA won a Civic Trust Award for this work.
• All weather horse ride
Our collaboration with Epsom and Ewell Borough Council led to the creation of an all weather circular horse ride which contributes substantially to the preservation of the footpaths. For further information on our current activities and campaigns see the ECA Newsletter.