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Newland Grove Nature Reserve

This 8 acre reserve consists of rough grassland alongside the River Chelmer, with thorn thickets and a small wood.

This 8 acre reserve consists of rough grassland alongside the River Chelmer, with thorn thickets and a small wood.

What to look for:

A mixture of habitats make for a variety of plants - over 230 species have been recorded. Cowslips and Hairy Violet are among the spring flowers, and in midsummer the area sloping down to the river in particular is a riot of colour, with Common St Johns Wort, Knapweed, Musk Mallow and many other species. Twayblade, Wood Spurge and Pale Wood Violet can be found in the wood.

The reserve is also rich in butterflies - 23 species have been recorded. Among the birds, good numbers of warblers of several species nest in the thickets and wood, while Mallard, Kingfisher and Sedge Warbler are often seen by the river.

Access

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

Public Transport - Bus services from Chelmsford to Little Waltham via Broomfield to the west and Essex Regiment Way to the east.

Directions - Adjoins the A130 north of Chelmsford about 1,200m from the North Springfield housing estate. Entry is from the west side of a roundabout on the A130 east of Broomfield, opposite the turning to the Channels Golf Club and Windersurfing Centre. There is parking for 2-3 cars at the entrance.

Did you know?

Newland Grove adjoins Little Waltham Meadows by a footpath adjacent to the River Chelmer.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Little Waltham Meadows Nature Reserve
1 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Sandylay and Moat Woods Nature Reserve
4 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Phyllis Currie Nature Reserve
5 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Newland Grove
Nature Reserve
North of Chelmsford
Essex
Map reference
TL 716 108
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Accessible at all times.
Size
3.24 hectares
Parking
Parking for 2-3 cars at the entrance
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01621 862960
admin@essexwt.org.uk