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Westhouse Wood Nature Reserve

This 7 acre wood on the outskirts of Colchester contains a wide variety of trees and shrubs.

What to look for:

Hazel is the dominant coppice species in the wood, and Small-leaved Lime, Crab Apple and Rowan are scattered among fine Oak and Ash standards, along with Sweet Chestnut, Holly and Field Maple.

As a result of coppicing, Bluebells and Wood Anemones carpet the wood in spring and there are fine displays of Foxgloves in areas that have recently been cleared.

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

Public Transport - Bus services from Colchester to West Bergholt, Bures and Sudbury run past the entrance.

Directions - The entrance is down a slip road on the left off the B1508 Colchester-Sudbury road, just before it passes over the A12 at Braiswick, north west of Colchester.

Did you know?

Work has also been carried out to keep three small ponds, occupied by Smooth Newts and frogs, wet throughout the summer months.

Species and habitats


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Reserve information

Westhouse Wood
Nature Reserve
On the left off the B1508 Colchester-Sudbury Road, just before it passes over the A12 at Braiswick
Map reference
TL 974 272
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Accessible at all times.
2.83 hectares
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01621 862960