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Blake's Wood

102ac/41ha  SSSI

Grid ref: TL 775 064 (click for o/s map)

Updated 25/08/2014


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Most of Blakes Wood is ancient with well defined banks and ditches. Much of it is hornbeam and sweet chestnut coppice, with oak, ash and birch standards. It is famous for its spring flowers, with sheets of wood anemones giving way to spectacular displays of bluebells, while in summer its more open areas are dense with foxgloves.

It has a range of other flowering plants, including yellow archangel, early purple orchid, twayblade, moschatel and wood spurge, and several unusual species of rush and fern. In autumn it is rich in fungi.

Breeding birds include warblers, nightingale, all three species of woodpecker and tree-creeper. Butterflies include the purple hairstreak

Visiting

To the north of Riffham's Chase, Little Baddow. Approach either via junction with The Ridge, one mile north of Eve's Corner on the A414 at Danbury, or via Riffham's Lane, turning off the A414 further west.

The most frequent bus services are the Chelmsford–Maldon and Chelmsford–Woodham buses. Get off at Riffham's Lane.

Accessible at all times.

April to June for wild flowers and songbirds; October for fungi.


Photo © Martin Gregory