Hales and Shadwell Woods

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Hales and Shadwell Woods
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Shadwell Wood - geograph.org.uk - 1414033.jpg
Shadwell Wood
Area of Search Essex
Grid reference TL 573414
TL 572404
Interest Biological
Area 15.4 hectares
Notification 1986
Location map Magic Map

Hales and Shadwell Woods is a 15.4 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest north-east of Saffron Walden in Essex.[1][2] Shadwell Wood has an area of 7.1 hectares and it is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust.[3] Hales Wood is a National Nature Reserve,[4] and it is listed in the Nature Conservation Review.[5]

The woods, which are under half a mile apart, are both ancient coppice wet ash and maple on chalky boulder clay. The shrub layer is diverse, with plants including wayfaring-trees, guelder roses, spurge-laurel and the nationally uncommon oxlip. Seven species of orchid have been recorded in Shadwell Wood, which also has herb-rich grassy rides.[1]

There is access to Shadwell Wood by a footpath from Walden Road,[3] but no access to Hales Wood.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Hales and Shadwell Woods citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Map of Hales and Shadwell Woods". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Shadwell Wood". Essex Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Essex's National Nature Reserves". Natural England. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  5. ^ Ratcliffe, Derek (1977). A Nature Conservation Review. 2. Cambridge University Press. p. 60. ISBN 9780521214032.

Coordinates: 52°02′20″N 0°17′20″E / 52.039°N 0.289°E / 52.039; 0.289

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