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Danbury Common

215ac/87ha  SSSI

Grid ref: TL 781 041 (click for o/s map)

Updated 04/11/2019

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This is a typical ancient common, criss-crossed by roads, tracks and paths, with long straggling boundaries funnelling out along the roads, and with houses in enclaves.

Much of the southern part is original open common. Parts of it are mown at different heights and times throughout the year and have retained many heathland plants. The northern part has reverted to woodland


The common is on both sides of the road running south from Danbury to Bicknacre. SatNav: CM3 4JH.

Get off the Chelmsford–Maldon bus (Eastern National no. 31) at Eve's Corner, and take the road signposted Danbury Common and Bicknacre. The common is about 200 metres from the junction. The Chelmsford–South Woodham Ferrers bus (no. 36) passes the common.

Accessible at all times.

May for birdsong; July–September for heathland plants; October for fungi and leaf colours.

Waymarked nature trails have been set up both round the main part of the common and round The Backwarden.

Photo © Phil Luke