This 78 acre reserve is one of the finest surviving woods in the Tendring area, although it suffered severely in the 1987 storm. In spring the Bluebells, which carpet almost half the wood, yellow archangel and climbing corydalis make a fine display
What to look for:
Standard Oaks provide most of the timber but there are about eight acres of Sweet Chestnut coppice, a similar area of Scots and Corsican pine plantation, an area of Hazel coppice and Alder glades with an important ground flora that includes Moschatel.
In spring there are bluebells, which carpet almost half the wood, Yellow Archangel and Climbing Corydalis make a fantastic display. Several fern species are also to be found.
The wood has good numbers of woodland birds, including Nightingales which have increased with the reintroduction of coppicing and many of the more usual butterflies.
Accessible at all times. Dogs restricted to certain areas or to certain specified times. Please keep dogs on a lead down the track to the wood and under strict control within the wood.
Public Transport - Several bus services to/from Clacton run along the B1441. The train station at Weeley is more than a mile's walk away.
Directions - Reached from the B1441 (Colchester to Clacton Road). Park in front of Weeley Church. Access to the wood is down a private track just past the pond.
Did you know?
The Tendring local group of Essex Wildlife Trust have an annual open day at this nature reserve, where you can enjoy a guided walk and experience the wonderful woodland flowers. The open day is at the beginning of May, please refer to the events section.
Species and habitats