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Copperas Wood Nature Reserve

This 34 acre ancient wood consists mainly of coppiced sweet Chestnut and Hornbeam. It was severely damaged in the great storm of 1987 and sections of the wood have been left in their devastated state for wildlife value and for scientific study.

This 34 acre ancient wood consists mainly of coppiced Sweet Chestnut and Hornbeam. It was severely damaged in the great storm of 1987 and large sections of the wood have been left in their devastated state for wildlife value and for scientific study.

What to look for:

After the Trust bought the wood in 1980 coppicing was reintroduced, amd this has produced carpets of Buebell, Yellow Archangel and Red Campion. Among other flowering plants are Moschatel, Climbing Corydalis and a few Sweet Woodruff and Vervain. The wood is rich in ferns, and in particular Shield-fern.

100 species of bird (43 of which have nested) have been seen, including all three species of woodpecker and the Nightingale. Purple Hairstreak is notable among the 23 species of butterfly and over 300 species of moth that have been recorded.

Accessible at all times with May and June being the best months for wild flowers and when birds are in full voice. Dogs allowed if under effective control.

Directions - North of the B1352 from Ramsey to Manningtree, between the villages of Wrabness and Ramsey. Turn off the A120 Colchester to Harwich road on to the B1352. It is 300m down a public footpath (the route of the Essex Way) beside a large white flat-roofed house, with parking for one or two cars on the verge.

Public Transport - Wrabness railway station is about 1,000m walk via a public footpath. Buses from Colchester to Harwich via Wrabness run along the B1352.

Did you know?

The Essex Way walk goes through Copperas wood and the reserve is situated on the Stour Estuary.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Oakfield Wood Nature Reserve
2 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Wrabness Nature Reserve
2 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Trimley Marshes
4 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Copperas Wood
Nature Reserve

North of the B1352 from Ramsey to Manningtree
Wrabness
Essex
Map reference
TM 199 312
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Accessible at all times
Size
13.76 hectares
Parking
Limited car parking available, one or two cars can be parked on the verge
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01621 862960
admin@essexwt.org.uk