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Local Wildlife Sites  

The table below includes all Local Wildlife Sites (LoWS) for north Uttlesford parishes plus Proposed Local Wildlife Sites (PLoWS) in the UDC 2007 list, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and the single National Nature Reserve (NNR)

First Column: Parish (and status of site if not a Local Wildlife Site)

Site details: Name of site (Green background for woods) and click through to detailed map and wildlife interest of the site at the time of the last survey (usually long ago).

Size: Given in hectares (2.5 acres) except some roadside verges where "m" indicates the length in metres

Ownership: Owner of land if known (not yet complete - please contact us if you can provide ownership details for any site.)

Public access: Rights of Way which cross or border the land or full access details (Green background) if permitted.

Walden Countryside is very keen to gather up-to-date information about each site and identify the site owners (to seek permission for survey work and to offer advice on conservation work and possible grant-aid).

If you would like to help survey some of your local sites, click here to download a survey form and instructions. You can then email completed survey forms to info@organic-countryside.co.uk

Click a parish for a list of its Wildlife Sites

Arkesden Debden Hadstock Little Chesterford Quendon & Rickling Strethall Wicken Bonhunt
Ashdon Elmdon Hempstead Little Sampford Radwinter Thaxted Widdington
Chrishall Great Chesterford Langley Littlebury Saffron Walden Wendens Lofts Wimbish
Clavering Great Sampford Little Bardfield Newport Sewards End Wendens Ambo  

 

Arkesden

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

 

Becketts Paddock

1.1 ?

fp on SW edge

Green Man Meadows

0.7 ?

road on E side

Arkesden Chalk Pit

0.5 ? none

Ashdon

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

NNR/SSSI Hales Wood NNR 8.4 Private/ Natural England none (request permit from Natural England)
SSSI Shadwell Wood NR 7.0 Essex Wildlife Trust full permissive access
SSSI Nunn Wood 9.5 Private fp through wood
SSSI Ashdon Meadows SSSI 1.3 Private fp on part of border
 

Brights Wood

3.9

Private

None

Hales Wood South

18.1

Private

None

Shadwell Wood West

2.0

Private

None

Little Hales Wood

14.3

Forestry Commission

full access land

Burnt House Meadow

0.8

Private

fp on S & E border

Ashdon Road Special Roadside Verge

20m

ECC Highways

roadside verge

Wilderness Grove

1.7

Private

fp along whole length

Home Wood

5.7

Private

fp on short length of SW border

Griggs Grove

3.3

Private

None

Chrishall

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

 

Bottom Roughway Wood

1.2

Private

byway on W side

Roughway Wood/Oldfield Grove

10.0

Private

several fps

Building End Meadows

4.8

Private

fp on S edge

Chrishall Parish Church

0.6

Church grounds

full access

Park Wood, Chrishall

36.4

Private

fps on all sides except W

Clavering

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

 

Oxbury Wood

6.4

Private

none

Arnold's Spring

1.3

Private

fp on W side

Scotch Wood

3.2

Private

none

Stickling Green

1.1

?

? open access?

Scotts Pasture

0.7

?

?

Rickling Special Roadside Verge

215 m

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Debden

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

SSSI Debden Water SSSI 20.8 Private 2 fps along whole length
 

Horseley Wood/Cabbage Wood/Pig's Parlour

24.9

Private

fp through Cabbage Wood

Howe Wood, Debden

12.9

Private

Bridle Way through wood

Peverel's Wood

19.1

Private

None

Littley Wood West

5.3

Private

Byway on W edge

Smiths Green Special Roadside Verge

100 m

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Littley Wood East

3.7

Private

fp on E edge

Grove Spring

2.6

Private

fp on SE & NE edges

Rowney Wood

67.0

Forestry Commission

Open Access

Beck's Wood

1.5

Private

fp on SE edge

Debden Green Special Roadside Verge

3000 m

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Elmdon

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

 

Langley Upper Green Special Roadside Verge

690 m

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Cane's Walk

4.0

?

green lanes on SW & SE edges

Cane's Walk Strip

0.7

?

fps almost all round

Cooper's End Special Roadside Verge

400 m

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Cooper's End Meadow

1.4

?

rights of way all round

Daw's Grove

3.6


road on SE edge

Daw's Grove Special Roadside Verge

480 m

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Rockell's Wood

3.6

?

bridleway on E edge

Free Wood

26.7

?

rights of way all round

Great Chesterford

Site details

 

Ownership

Public access

 

A11 Chesterford Special Roadside Verge

6000 m

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Great Chesterford Road Verge

0.15

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Burton Wood

2.1

?

road on SW edge

Crave Hall Meadow

0.6

?

ridleway on N edge

Great Sampford

Site details

 

Ownership

Public access

SSSI West Wood NR 23.8 Essex Wildlife Trust Full Permissive Access + bridleway

 

Great Sampford Road Bank

400 m

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Great Sampford Sand Pit

1.9

?

fp on N edge

Scales Grove

3.0

Private

None

Hadstock

Site details

 

Ownership

Public access

 

Harrison Sayer Reserve EWT Reserve

1.2

Essex Wildlife Trust

Full Permissive Access

Hadstock Wood

3.9

Private

None (road on W edge)

Hempstead

Site details

 

Ownership

Public access

 

Wincelow Pasture

0.5

??

fp on S & W side

Hempstead Church Meadow

0.4

??

open access??

Holbrook Wood

7.0

private

fp on SW boundary

Hempstead Wood 69.4

Forestry Conmmission (private)

bridleway on S & W boundary

Lakehouse Grove

5.4

private

fp to NW corner

Langley

Site details

 

Ownership

Public access

 

Langley Lower Green Special Roadside Verge

90 m

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Little Bardfield

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

NONE??


 



Little Chesterford

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

 

Little Chesterford Verges

0.33

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Emanuel Wood

9.1


none

Paddock Wood

8.7


none

Little Sampford

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

 

Friars Farm Meadow

0.6

?

fp on W edge

Alrey Wood 2

5.4

?

fp on SE edge

Little Sampford Special Roadside Verge

400 m

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Sampford Hall Wood

3.6

?

None

Great Howe Wood

6.1

?

None (v short fp on S edge)

Mount Hall Wood

9.3

?

None

Littlebury

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

 

 

Lee Wood (South)

4.7


none

Lee Wood (North)

2.2


none

Ash Grove

1.2


fp on N edge

Felsted Croft Grove

0.6


none

Catmere End (West) Special Roadside Verge

200 m

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Wilford's Wood

1.0


bridleway on S edge

Bixett Wood

2.4


bridleway on W & S edge

Beavers Wood

1.9


brideway S & e edges

Ann's Wood

4.0


bridleway on E edge

Green Wood/Teapond Grove

12.2


bridlewaty on N edge

Cups/Bush Pasture Groves

1.4


none

Howe Wood, Catmere End

34.6


road on N edge

Catmere End (East) Special Roadside Verge

250 m

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Strethall Road Special Roadside Verge

600 m

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Newport

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

 

Wicken Water Marsh

2.8


green lane to N

Newport - Debden Road Protected Roadside Verge

0.4

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Kiora Pastures

1.6


roads on W & S

Quendon & Rickling

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

SSSI

 

Quendon Wood

33.5

Private

None (fp on NW edge)

 

Coney Acre

5.6


many bridleways & fps through & on edge

Bushy Lays/Spring Close

10.6


none

Broom/Burney Woods

34.6


bridleway on part W fp through E/W

Quendon Park

21.3


none

Paynsden Wood

4.0


fp N-S W of M11

Radwinter

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

 

Homestead Grove

1.6


fp on N & S edges

Radwinter Manor Place

3.0


fp on E edge

Roundlay Grove

0.5


None

Burntfield Grove

2.7


fp on N edge

Tilekiln Grove

2.0


fp on S edge

Plough Meadow

0.6


roads on two sides

Cowless Hall Meadows

3.1


fp

Little Bendysh Wood

33.3

Forestry Commission

Open Access

Haylock's Fen

0.1


fp

Great Bendysh Wood

58.6

Forestry Commission

Open Access

Clay Wood

2.8

Ted Browne

None

Saffron Walden

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

 

River Cam Wet Woods

8.1 Audley End Estate? bridleway on part E side

Saffron Walden – Audley End Park Wall Protected Roadside Verge

0.36

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Saffron Walden Golf Course

25.0


none

Spring Wood

16.4


none

Audley Park Pastures

9.5


fp on N edge

Brakey Lee Wood

4.7


fp on E edge

Westley Wood

3.9


none

Saffron Walden – Roos Hill Protected Roadside Verges

0.3

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Grimsditch Wood 13.0 private fp on E edge
Little Grimsditch Wood 3.8 private none

Ashdon Road Verges

0.09

ECC Highways

roadside verge

Fulfen Slade Lane

1500 m

ECC Highways

byway- green lane

Whitehill Wood

8.1

private

public road on S boundary

Madge Hobbs Wood

3.5

private

none

PLoWS Limefield Pit NR 0.4 EWT None

Sewards End

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

 

Pounce Wood

13.6

private

none

Mollpond Wood

2.8

private

public road on NW boundary

Martins Wood

4.9

private

fp on N boundary

Robins Grove/Hills Wood

8.5

private

public road on NE boundary

Noakes Grove

3.4

Walden Countryside NR

permisive access at all times

Oak Wood

2.1

private

fp on N boundary

Ashdon Road Protected Roadside Verges

0.1

ECC Higways

public road verge

Redgates Lane

0.1

ECC Higways & Walden Countryside

public road verge

PLoWS Saffron House Lane 0.2 ECC Highways? bridleway

Strethall

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

 

Strethall Wood

12.2

private

fp on W bridleway on S edges

Howe Wood, Strethall Special Roadside Verge

400 m

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Strethall Field Special Roadside Verge

200 m

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Thaxted

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

 

Cutler's Green Special Roadside Verge

600 m

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Home Wood, Thaxted

4.4


fp on W & SE edges

Brown's Wood

1.5


bridleway on E edge

Cutlers Green (EWT Nature Conservation Area)

1.7

?

full access

Folly Mill Special Roadside Verge

10 m

ECC Highways

roadside verge

Thaxted Churchyard

0.6

churchyard

full access

Bow Croft Wood

3.0


fp on E edge

Marks Wood

4.0


none

Wenden Lofts

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

 

High Wood

49.6

private (was Forestry Commission)

none

Mead Bushes Wood

10.5

?

bridleway on S & W edges

Wendens Ambo

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

 

Wendens Ambo Lane

800 m

ECC Highways

bridleway - green lane

Wendens Ambo Station Road Protected Roadside Verge

0.2

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Wicken Bonhunt

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

 

Wicken Bonhunt Churchyard

0.4

churchyard

open access

Wicken Bonhunt Special Roadside Verge

250

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Widdington

Site details

Size

Ownership

Public access

 

London Jock Wood

15.4

private

fp on S bridleway on E edges

Widdington - Waldegraves Protected Roadside Verges

0.2

ECC Highways

Roadside verge

Prior's Wood/High Wood 47.0 ? many fps through wood

Park Wood, Widdington

2.9


fp on W edge

High/Prior's Wood Lane

1.6 ECC Highways

bridleway - green lane

Wimbish

Name of site

Size

Owned by

Public access?

 

Elder Street Special Roadside Verge

1080 m

ECC Highways

Roadside Verge

Crowney Wood

8.9

Local farmer

none

Harrison's Wood

1.5

Local farmer

SW edge fp

Wimbish Lanes

3500 m

Local farmer

Green Lanes or Bridle Ways

Reedings Grove

1.5

Private

SW edge fp

Bush Croft

1.8

Local farmer

N & E edge fp (possible permissive path through centre)

Howlett End Special Roadside Verge

640 m

ECC Highway

Roadside verge

Ellis Green

3.3

Common with no owner (plus Scotch Patch - managed by Walden Countryside)

Open access at all times

Scabbard's Wood

2.4

private

None except via Rowney Wood which has short NW border with wood

 

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