Both of our woodlands on the reserve (Cockaynes Wood and Villa Wood) contain remnants of ancient woodland. One of the marker species for this are our native English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta ). We have enjoyed a fantastic display of bluebells in Villa Wood for several years but our management program in Cockaynes Wood has opened up new areas of bluebells to see. If you take a walk around the outer path, you can expect to see a lovely carpet of blue.
This weekend (Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April), we will be opening up the car park in the old yard area of the reserve for car parking. The old yard is accessed from the Wivenhoe/Alresford Road beside the railway bridge. The gates will be open between 10am and 5pm on both days.
As we’ve been enjoying a dry spell recently, all the footpaths are firm and dry. Many of them are accessible to both wheelchairs and pushchairs. We also have a number of picnic tables and seats around the site. Why not come along and have a walk?