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Gernon Bushes Nature Reserve

This 79 acre site is the last remnant of the old Coopersale Common, offering ancient coppice with spring bogs. It has many ancient hornbeam pollards plus some more recent woodland and a network of ponds.

This 79 acre site is the last remnant of the old Coopersale Common that once linked Epping Lower Forest along the hill ridge to Ongar Park. It has many ancient Hornbeam pollards plus some more recent woodland and a network of ponds originally dug for gravel extraction.

What to look for:

In the north of the reserve the gravel workings have developed into bogs. In the south two springs rise on the edge of the plateau and their streams descend through a series of bogs which include large patches of the rare Marsh Fern. Other notable plants include Lady Fern, Bogbean, Marsh Valerian, Marsh Marigold and Ragged Robin. It has a good variety of resident and summer migrant birds.

Accessible at all times. Dogs allowed if under effective control.

Directions - Turn off the B181 towards Coopersale village and turn left onto Gernon Mead 200m after the railway bridge.

Public Transport - A bus service runs to Coopersale from Harlow via Epping.

Did you know?

Gernon Bushes is the remnants of wood pasture, can you imagine ox and swine grazing under the large Hornbeam pollards?

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve
6 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Hunsdon and Eastwick Meads
6 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Hunsdon Mead Nature Reserve
6 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Gernon Bushes
Nature Reserve
Near Coopersale village
Epping
Essex
Map reference
TL 478 030
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Accessible at all times.
Size
31.97 hectares
Parking
yes
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01621 862960
admin@essexwt.org.uk