Copperas Wood Nature Reserve

Copperas Wood Anemones

Photo - Gideon Chilton

White Admiral butterfly

Photo - Jim Higham

Copperas Wood

Photo - Gideon Chilton 

Sweet Woodruff

Photo - Paul Lane

Copperas Wood in Summer
On the edge of the Stour Estuary, you'll find the flourishing Copperas Wood Nature Reserve, filled with blooming wild flowers in the spring


Copperas Wood Nature Reserve
Wrabness Road (B1352)
CO12 5NH

OS Map Reference

A static map of Copperas Wood Nature Reserve

Know before you go

14 hectares

Parking information

Very limited parking at the entrance of Copperas Wood. There is parking available at RSPB Stour Wood, walk through and along the railway line to access Copperas Wood

Walking trails

Interpretation board 100m in at the entrance to the woods. There are many circular paths around the woodland


Can be muddy and wet, with usurfaced paths throughout


Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Accessible at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

Walk through this patch of ancient woodland to see how life has bounced back after the great storm of 1987, which devastated areas of this beautiful woodland. Allowed to regrow naturally for scientific study, the wildlife here has flourished, helped with coppicing by the Trust, which has allowed for carpets of Bluebell, Yellow Archangel and Red Campion to bloom.

Step further into the woods to see the beautiful flowers of Moschatel, White Climbing Fumitory, Sweet Woodruff and Vervain. Soft shield and other ferns blanket the woodland floor, while in the canopies of the Oaks Purple Hairstreak butterflies rest on the leaves.

Environmental designation

Ancient Woodland
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Sweet Woodruff

Photo - Paul Lane

Did you know?

The Essex Way walk goes through Copperas wood and the reserve is situated on the Stour Estuary