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Now coppiced, with new pathways funded by the Forestry Commission.Birchanger Wood Trust PDF Wildflower meadows, amenity grassland, scrub areas, wetland habitats, there is also a wooden board walk and play sculpture on site.
Owned partly by the Forestry Commission (FC), partly by Essex CC, this ancient woodland is an SSSI, with large numbers of small-leaved lime.With fishing lakes to the south, and mown grassways near the lakes, except for an unrestored area to the north west, the reserve is a refuge for many bird species, such as the Little Egret.Cockaynes Wood is ancient Essex woodland, listed in the Domesday Book of 1086.The 50-acre Cockaynes Wood nature reserve also includes a former quarry, dry heath, grassy meadows and shallow water ponds.A Roman-British road dissects the wood which is still surrounded by intact medieval woodbanks.Once used for keeping 'wild swyne', probably after the extinction of true wild boar, there are early 17th century records of wood sales showing that lime bast, the bark used for making rope, was as valuable as the timber itself.
The removal of conifers from the FC side was completed in December 2011, the last one being felled by Oliver Rackham.
This 46 acre reserve is sited at flooded gravel pits between Maldon and Goldhanger.
The network of footpath and bridleways that remain today evolved over time to serve the traditional way of village and town life in rural Essex.
Regardless of land ownership, these tracks were the 'glue' that bound together a community that needed to walk between home, woodland, mill, market, farm and church.
This is a list of open spaces where you can walk and enjoy natural surroundings on permissive paths.
Not all woods and nature reserves are included - we have attempted to show only those areas which provide additions to the public network of footpaths. This ancient woodland originates from the 12th century when it was recorded as "Bircehangra" which means, "Wooded slope growing with Birch trees".