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Iron Latch


Grid ref: TL 951 261 (click for o/s map)

Updated 10/12/2020.

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A flower-rich meadow, plus four acres of woodland, long-established and possibly ancient. It is quite wet in parts with a good selection of trees, especially ash.

Wild strawberry and birdsfoot trefoil flower in the meadow. Common blue and several other butterfly species are a special feature. Purple hairstreaks can be seen around the hedgerow oaks.

Nightingales nest in the coppiced woodland and in the managed hedgerows, and also in the neigbouring woodland that has developed on old gravel workings.


Three miles west of Colchester town centre at Eight Ash Green. It is reached by way of the unmade Iron Latch Lane which runs north from the old Halstead road at TL 955 254. Park at the south end of the service road to houses numbered 96 to 132 Halstead Road. Walk up Iron Latch Lane (no access for vehicles), cross over the railway bridge and continue with woodland on your left. The reserve lies to the right of the footpath at the end of the field on your right.

Buses from Colchester to Fordham and Wakes Colne run along Halstead Road.

Accessible at all times

May for grassland flowers, and late summer for butterflies.

Please keep dogs on a lead near livestock.

© Dudley Miles