Norsey Wood

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Norsey Wood
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Norsey Wood, Billericay - geograph.org.uk - 53925.jpg
Area of Search Essex
Grid reference TQ 686955
Interest Biological
Area 67.2 hectares
Notification 1984
Location map Magic Map

Norsey Wood is a 67.2 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Billericay in Essex.[1][2] It is also a Local Nature Reserve[3][4] and a Scheduled Monument.[5]

This is ancient oak woodland on acid soil which has been converted to mixed sweet chestnut coppice. Bluebell, bracken and bramble are dominant on the ground layer, but there are sphagnum mosses (sphagnum palustre and Sphagnum cuspidatum) in acidic flushes, and the rare water violet in one of the four ponds. There are nine species of dragonfly.[1] Archaeolocal features include a Bronze Age bowl barrow, Iron Age and Roman cemeteries, and a medieval deer bank.[5]

There is an information centre, toilets, a car park and a trail.[3] There is access from Outwood Common Road, Break Egg Hill, Norsey Close, Deerbank and Norsey Road.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Norsey Wood citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Map of Norsey Wood". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Norsey Wood". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Map of Norsey Wood". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Multi-period site at Norsey Wood". Historic England. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Norsey Wood leaflet" (PDF). The Norsey Wood Society. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 

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Coordinates: 51°37′55″N 0°26′10″E / 51.632°N 0.436°E / 51.632; 0.436