Belcher's and Broadfield Woods

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Belcher's and Broadfield Woods
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Bridleway through Brookes Nature Reserve - - 402069.jpg
Area of Search Essex
Grid reference TL 810267
Interest Biological
Area 14.4 hectares
Notification 1986
Location map Magic Map

Belcher's and Broadfield Woods is a 14.4 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest between Halstead and Braintree in Essex.[1][2] It is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust as the Brookes Nature Reserve.[3]

The site is coppice woodland on chalky boulder clay. There is a variety of woodlands types, such as wet ash and maple, pedunculate oak and hornbeam, and acid birch, ash and lime. The ground flora includes species which are locally uncommon, including greater butterfly-orchid and bird's-nest orchid.[1] There is also a variety of butterflies, and ponds which have frogs and newts.[3]

The site is crossed by footpaths.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Belcher's and Broadfield Woods citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Map of Belcher's and Broadfield Woods". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Brookes Nature Reserve". Essex Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 26 May 2016.

Coordinates: 51°54′32″N 0°37′44″E / 51.909°N 0.629°E / 51.909; 0.629

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