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Thrift Wood Nature Reserve

This 48 acre wood consists of Hornbeam coppice with many Oak standards, some Birch, Ash and coppiced Sweet Chestnut, and a number of Wild Service trees.

What to look for:

The reserve is one of the principal sites in the county for Common Cow-wheat, food plant of the Heath Fritillary Butterfly. It also has lots of slender St John's wort, Heath Wood-rush and Pale and Pill sedges.

There is a sizeable pool with a raised bog, thought to have been formed many years ago from clay-digging for brickmaking.

There are a number of birds including Woodpeckers and a good population of woodland warblers. The wood teems with Wood Ants and has a wide range of other insects. Coppicing has been reintroduced, resulting in a marked increase in both resident and summer migrant birds and also in plantlife. The pond with its raised bog is cleared annually of rank vegetation.

Accessible at all times.

Public Transport - Buses run every half hour between Chelmsford and South Woodham Ferrers, stopping at the main gate.

Dogs allowed if under effective control.

Directions - The entrance is on the B1418 road 400m south of the Brewer's Arms pub in Bicknacre. There is parking for a few cars at the main gate, with overflow parking on the verge opposite.

Did you know?

The Heath fritillary butterfly became extinct in Essex but was re-established in the reserve in 1984.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Woodham Fen Nature Reserve
3 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Danbury Ridge Nature Reserves
3 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Stow Maries Halt Nature Reserve
3 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Thrift Wood
Nature Reserve
On the B1418 road 400m south of the Brewer's Arms pub in Bicknacre
Bicknacre
Essex
Map reference
TL 790 017
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Get directions
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Accessible at all times.
Size
19.43 hectares
Parking
Parking for a few cars at the main gate, with overflow parking on the verge opposite
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01621 862960
admin@essexwt.org.uk