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Roughtalley’s Wood Local Nature Reserve

Roughtalley’s Wood Local Nature Reserve

Description

Size:: 3.4 Hectares

Grid Reference: TL 489 036 {phocamaps view=link|id=15|text=Map}

Parish: North Weald

Owners: Epping Forest District Council

LNR Declaration: 17 August 2000

Access: There is open public access on the reserve. Pedestrian access is via entrances from Pike Way, North Weald. There is no designated car park for the Reserve, so please park considerately on Pike Way

Site description: Like many of our other local nature reserves Roughtalley’s Wood is not very big, It’s easy to stroll around in half an hour, but it still offers the chance of a pleasant woodland experience. There are always many birds at the site and if you are very lucky you may get the glimpse of a slow worm, grass snake or an orchid in the sunnier spots.

Roughtalley's Wood in its entirety is a large ancient woodland covering 25 hectares. However, in 1860’s it was divided unequally in two by the creation of the Eastern Counties Railway Epping to Ongar line extension. The largest section of the wood lies to the south of the railway is privately owned by the Gaynes Park Estate and was until the early 1990’s managed for commercial timber. Today, this southern wood has become the District's first green burial site - The Epping Forest Burial Park. This has created public access and management of the wood once more.
 
The smaller section is Roughtalley's Wood to the north of the railway is owned by Epping Forest District Council and is a small woodland (just 3.4 hectares) which in 2000 was declared a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) by Epping Forest Council. The Reserve consists of two distinct sections. One is an area of ancient woodland which contains species such as Hornbeam, Oak and Silver birch with an understory of primarily Hazel and Hawthorn.  The other is a younger developing broad-leaved woodland with wildflower glades. In the spring and summer you may be lucky enough to spot orchids such as the broad-leaved Helleborine, Bee orchid and Common spotted orchid in these glades.

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