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Tamworth Field

Tamworth Field is a 30,500 square metres (3.05 hectares) grassed open space. Its community amenities include:

  • five-a-side football goals and one full size goal
  • play area including an accessible roundabout
  • pond with a timber viewing platform and areas of native planting.

You can get to Tamworth Field via Tamworth Road or Walsall Road. The site is open at all times.

Milton Common

Milton Common is 45 hectares (453,500 sq. m) of grassland and lakes reclaimed over twenty years from the Langstone Harbour mud. The eastern footpath through the common running alongside Langstone Harbour forms part of The Solent Way.

There are five-a-side football goals for informal play to the western end of the site.

The common is open to the public at all times. It is next to the Eastern Road. There may be parking in Moorings Way – the road at the southern edge of the Common – so called because of the large number of houseboats that used to be moored there.

Milton Common grassland

The common is the only large area of natural grass on Portsea Island and is a haven for insects and small mammals. Butterflies, whose caterpillars feed on native grasses, include the Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Wall Brown and Gatekeeper, as well as Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral and Comma, whose caterpillars feed on the large healthy stands of stinging nettle.

Other insects include several species of grasshoppers and the Great Green Bush Cricket (Tettigonia viridissima), which was introduced to the common when the original Eastney colony was threatened by development.

The grassland provides food and shelter for small mammals, such as the Field Vole, which eats the grass and is fed on in turn by Kestrels, owls and foxes. Common Shrews feed on the abundant insect life in the grass.

Bramble thickets are the other major habitat, valuable nesting sites for many small birds and providing shelter for migrants in spring and autumn. Brambles are an important food supply and shelter for many other species, including Long Tailed Field Mice and Common Lizards.

Milton Common lakes

The three lakes support many aquatic species including frogs, toads and newts. In summer, dragonflies can be seen hawking over the lakes accompanied by Swallows, Swifts and House Martins, all attracted by the small flies and midges emerging from the water.

Around the lakes the reed beds provide shelter for many birds, such as Swan, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard and Tufted Duck. More timid birds like the Great Crested Grebe and Dabchick tend to stay in open water.

In winter, the reeds shelter Long Tailed and Bearded Tits and many other migrant birds on passage south.

Download the list of species found on the common below.