Weelyhall Wood in Bluebells

Photo - Richard Turner 

Visit this beautiful woodland in spring to be fully immersed in a sea of colour, as the wildflowers that carpet this ancient woodland show off their bright flowers

Location

Church Lane
Weeley
Essex
CO16 9AT

OS Map Reference

TM154215
A static map of Weeleyhall Wood Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
32 hectares

Parking information

Park by the church and follow the track on the opposite side of the road past a pond, down to the wood

Walking trails

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

Access

Paths are unsurfaced and can be very muddy in winter

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Accessible at all times

Best time to visit

Spring 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. 

Contact us

Environmental designation

Ancient Woodland
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Bluebells

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