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Pound Wood

55ac/22ha  

Grid ref: TQ 816 888 (click for o/s map)

Updated 25/08/2014


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Pound Wood has a complex geology that gives it a great variation in woodland types. Sweet chestnut and birch occur on the plateaux and ridges, hornbeam and holly on the slopes, and hornbeam, ash, willow, aspen and hazel in the three stream valleys. In places there are many wild service trees. The oaks are mostly sessile, with pedunculate in the valleys. The south-west section is very old secondary woodland, almost indistinguishable from the ancient woodland.

There are fine early medieval woodbanks, several ponds and many dells. Bramble, bracken and bluebell dominate the woodland floor, with common cow-wheat, yellow archangel, angelica, wood spurge and figwort where light can penetrate this once neglected wood.

Heath fritillaries can be seen in the more open woodland beneath the power cables

Visiting

Turn south off the A127 at Rayleigh Weir on to Rayleigh Road (A129) and turn left on to Daws Heath Road at the Woodmans Arms mini-roundabout. Or join the A129 from the A13 and turn right on to Daws Heath Road. Park on local streets with consideration for residents.

Hourly bus service exc. Sundays serves Daws Heath Road. More frequent services run along Rayleigh Road and pass Woodmans Arms PH (400m to west via Daws Heath Road).

Accessible at all times.

April to June for spring flowers and woodland birdsong.

Please keep your dog under control.


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