Backwarden Nature Reserve

Dormouse sleeping

Credit - Danny Green

Backwarden Nature Reserve

Following the cessation of the management lease associated with Backwarden, the National Trust will now resume responsibility for the management of this site.  For further information on this site, including accessibility, please visit the National Trust website. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/

Wander through woodland and heathland at Backwarden Nature Reserve, a wonderful wildlife haven

Location

Backwarden
Danbury
Essex

OS Map Reference

TL 790 065
A static map of Backwarden Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
12 hectares

Access

Following the cessation of the management lease associated with Backwarden, the National Trust will now resume responsibility for the management of this site.  For further information on this site, including accessibility, please visit the National Trust website. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/

Dogs

Dogs permitted
Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Following the cessation of the management lease associated with Backwarden, the National Trust will now resume responsibility for the management of this site. For further information on this site, including accessibility, please visit the National Trust website. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

Take a walk around this wildlife haven, part of the Danbury Ridge Nature Reserves, past ponds, thickets of Blackthorn and secondary woodland. Sycamore, Oaks, Birch and Willow trees fill the woodland and host to an amazing array of fantastic fungi, which can be found growing out of tree stumps.

Among the three areas of restored heathland Adders, Common Lizards and more amazing reptiles thrive, while during summer nights Dormice scurry along the branches of the woodland trees.

This beautiful reserve is owned and managed by the National Trust and is linked to Danbury Common.

Environmental designation

Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
SAC SSSI