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Weeleyhall Wood

78ac/32ha  SSSI

Grid ref: TM 156 212 (click for o/s map)

Updated 25/08/2014

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One of the finest surviving woods in Tendring, although it suffered severely in the 1987 storm. Standard oaks provide most of the timber but there are about eight acres of sweet chestnut coppice, a similar area of Scots and Corsican pine plantation, an area of hazel coppice, and alder glades with an important ground flora that includes moschatel.

In spring the bluebells, which carpet almost half the wood, yellow archangel and white climbing fumitory make a fine display. Several fern species are also to be found.

The wood has good numbers of woodland birds – including nightingales which have increased with the re-introduction of coppicing – and the commoner butterflies


The reserve is just off the B1441 Colchester to Clacton road. Park in the front of Weeley Church. Access to the wood is down a private track just past the pond. Please respect the neighbouring landowner by keeping dogs on a lead down the track; dogs must be kept under strict control within the wood.

Several bus services to/from Clacton run along the B1441. Or train to Weeley and more than a mile walk each way.

Accessible at all times

May for early flowers and breeding birds.

Please keep dogs on a lead down the track across farmland and under strict control within the wood.

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