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Tile Wood Nature Reserve

This 16 acre reserve is one of the earliest ancient woods to have been recorded in south-east Essex, being mentioned in Anglo Saxon times. It lies next to Pound Wood and Little Haven which are also managed by Essex Wildlife Trust.

What to look for:

The tree species are predominantly Sessile Oak, Hornbeam and Sweet Chestnut, with some Wild Service. It is particularly rich in ancient woodland plants, including Wood Sorrel, Bluebell and Wood-rush.

Accessible at all times. April to June is the best time for spring flowers and woodland birdsong.

Public Transport - Hourly bus service serves Daws Heath Road. More frequent services run along Rayleigh Road and pass the Woodmans Arms pub (400m to the west via Daws Heath Road).

Directions - Turn south off the A127 at Rayleigh Weir on to Rayleigh Road (A129) and turn left onto Daws Heath Road at the Woodmans Arms mini roundabout. Or join the A129 from the A13 and turn right onto Daws Heath Road. Park on local streets with consideration for residents.

Did you know?

The wood has many wood ants.

Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Pound Wood Nature Reserve
0 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Little Haven Nature Reserve
0 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Belfairs Woodland Centre
2 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Tile Wood Nature Reserve Thundersley
Map reference
TQ 816 890
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Accessible at all times
6.48 hectares
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01621 862960