Weeleyhall Wood Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationPark by the church and follow the track on the opposite side of the road past a pond, down to the wood
Please keep dogs on a lead down the track to the wood, as it is privately owned. Several circular paths run around and through the woodland, with interpretation boards at the start of the track and at the entrance to wood
Paths are unsurfaced and can be very muddy in winter
When to visit
Opening timesAccessible at all times
Best time to visitSpring for flowers
About the reserve
In spring this wood comes alive with colour, with Bluebells carpeting the woodland floor before shifting to bright yellow as Yellow Archangel takes hold. In the early spring evenings, the musky scent of Moschatel flowers fills the air as the dew forms. In the Alder glades and Hazel coppice, Climbing Corydalis tendrils can be seen reaching for the trees and ferns, with their delicate creamy-white flowers on full show in the early summer.
Throughout the woodland different patches of trees can be found, ranging from Oak, Sweet Chestnut coppice, to Scots and Corsican pine plantation, where White Admiral butterflies can be seen flitting through the trees in late Summer. Damaged in the great storm of 1987, the woodland has bounced back and is now flourishing.
From April to mid-May, listen carefully for the beautiful serenading song of Nightingale, among the calls of other woodland birds.
Did you know?
The Tendring local group of Essex Wildlife Trust have an annual open day at this nature reserve in May, where you can enjoy a guided walk and experience the wonderful woodland flowers