Sites of Nature Conservation Value managed by Countrycare
In addition to the District’s nine Local Nature Reserves (LNR's), Countrycare has historically managed a number of other sites of high nature conservation interest. These have been 'adopted' and managed by staff with the practical assistance of volunteers from the local community.
A further 12 sites are managed by Countrycare, some of which are also Local Wildlife Sites (LoWS). These sites have been identified for their special flora and fauna and have a county or regional wildlife value. In this District LoWS are considered when planning applications are submitted. The LoWS selection was made by the Essex Wildlife Trust in 2009-10. The Trust identified 222 sites in total.
Over the years, Countrycare has teamed up with a number of parish councils, landowners and other conservation organisations to manage a number of LoWS or other sites. Below is a list of the sites to which Countrycare has a long term management interest:
- Bobbingworth Former Landfill Site, Bobbingworth
- Swaines Green (LoWS Ep 82) Epping
- Civic Offices Pond, Epping
- All Saints Church (LoWS Ep 71) Epping Upland
- Epping Green Millennium Garden, Epping Upland
- Norton Heath Common, High Ongar
- Copy Wood Field, (LoWS Ep 55) Nazeing
- Foster Street Burial Ground, North Weald
- Thornwood Common Nature Area, North Weald
- Spring Ponds Wood, Ongar
- Cripsey Brook, Ongar (Jubilee Nature Reserve)
- Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey
- Great Wood and Mutton Corner, (LoWS Ep 106) Lambourne
- Ape’s Grove, (LoWS Ep 96) Lambourne
You can find out more about these sites by using the links on the right-hand side of this page.