Woodham Walter Common SSSI

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Woodham Walter Common
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Woodham Walter Common - geograph.org.uk - 1382413.jpg
Area of SearchEssex
Grid referenceTL791065
Area80.0 hectares
Location mapMagic Map

Woodham Walter Common SSSI is an 80 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Danbury in Essex. The site includes six nature reserves within the Danbury Ridge Nature Reserves, managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust. These are Woodham Walter Common itself, Birch Wood, Pheasanthouse Wood, Poors' Piece, Scrubs Wood and a small area in Pheasanthouse Farm.[1][2][3] The largest part of the SSSI is the 32.3 hectare Woodham Walter Common, which is managed by the Wildlife Trust on behalf of Maldon District Council and Woodham Walter Parish Council.[4]

The site is on glacial sand and gravel over London clay. it has a number of areas of oak and hornbeam woodland on former heathland. It also has two botanically rich valleys, each of which has a stream along it. Poors' Piece and Pheasanthouse Wood have ancient woodland. Uncommon ground plants are pill sedge, broad-leaved helleborine and lady-fern. There are common brimstone and speckled wood butterflies, nightingales, hawfinches, badgers.[1] and dormice.[3]

There is access to Woodham Walter Common from Common Lane.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Woodham Walter Common citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Map of Woodham Walter Common". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Danbury Ridge Nature Reserves". Essex Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Woodham Walter Common (SSSI)". Maldon District Council. Retrieved 21 December 2015.

Coordinates: 51°43′29″N 0°35′22″E / 51.7246°N 0.5895°E / 51.7246; 0.5895