Common Land on the Web

The following is a directory of external links, including websites of individual commons in England and Wales, together with common land organisations and NGOs, and online research resources.  It will be continually updated over the course of the project.  Please note that the Building Commons Knowledge Project is not responsible for the content of external links.

Common Lands and Forests on the Web:

Organisations, Stakeholders and NGOs:

Research Resources:

  • Common Land in England Database – useful searchable database of registered commons in England, with basic data on acreages and rights. Please note that it is not exhaustive and some details/maps have been found to be inaccurate. For confirmation of details, please consult the original common land registers held by the relevant local authority.
  • Commons Commissioners’ Decisions – an archive of documents recording the outcome of disputed registrations of common land/rights in England and Wales; these often contain useful historical material and oral testimony.
  • Digital Library of the Commons – a searchable database of research papers relating to ‘common pool resources’  from around the world.  Papers can be freely accessed and downloaded.  The Library includes historical papers and papers relating to commons in the UK.
  • International Association for the Study of the Commons – (IASC) The International body which supports research into ‘common pool resources’.
  • Institutions for Collective Action – Utrecht University – The Collective Action website, developed by Dr Tine De Moor and colleagues, provides a forum for discussion, bibliographies, glossaries, datasets and research materials for commons across Europe – from common land, woods and water sources, to associations, crafts and guilds. The website includes historical and UK material.
  • International Journal of the Commons – The Journal of the IASC.


Management Resources:

  • A series of factsheets, guides and reports can be found on the Natural England website, providing advice for those involved in managing common land – Natural England: Common Land Resources
  •  The Foundation for Common Land provides a library of factsheets and reports, together with ongoing notices, photo galleries, a ‘Q and A’ service, news and advice for commoners and managers: Foundation for Common Land.


Historical Archives, Organisations and Resources in England and Wales:


Please note: the Building Commons Knowledge Project is not responsible for the content of external links.