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Sandylay and Moat Woods Nature Reserve

This 18.5 acre reserve is home to two small attractive woods next to one another and they were donated to the Trust in 1982 by the late Mr Roland Adams and Mrs Adams.

What to look for:

The woods contain a number of coppiced Small-leaved Lime. There is one lime in the middle of a ride in Sandylay Wood, is of great size and age. Sycamore and planted Poplars are now being reduced in favour of other species, including Small-leaved Lime for coppicing, and conifer plantations are being reduced in favour of broadleaved trees.

The woods are rich in flowering plants. In spring, Wood Anemones are abundant by the small stream and primroses alongside the paths and rides. Other species include Sweet Violet, Spurge Laurel, Early Purple Orchid, Twayblade and Stinking Iris. Wood sedge is widespread and the unusual thin-spiked wood sedge occurs also.

Access

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

Public Transport - Buses stop on the A131 near the Dog and Partridge pub, from where a public footpath runs east from the road to another entrance.

Directions - In Great Leighs. Follow the public footpath for 400m from Mill Lane. Cars can be parked on the wide grass verge along the lane, but please do not obstruct the gateway providing access to the footpath.

Did you know?

Part of a field to the south of Sandylay Wood has been planted up with native trees.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Phyllis Currie Nature Reserve
1 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Little Waltham Meadows Nature Reserve
4 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Newland Grove Nature Reserve
4 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Sandylay and Moat Woods Nature Reserve
Great Leighs
Essex
Map reference
TL 735 174
Best time to visit
Mar - Jul
Get directions
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Accessible at all times
Size
7.49 hectares
Parking
Cars can be parked on the wide grass verge along the lane, but please do not obstruct the gateway providing access to the footpath
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01621 862960
admin@essexwt.org.uk