West Wood, Little Sampford

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West Wood
Site of Special Scientific Interest
West Wood 7.jpg
Area of Search Essex
Grid reference TL 622333
Interest Biological
Area 23.6 hectares
Notification 1985
Location map Magic Map

West Wood is a 23.6 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Little Sampford, north of Thaxted in northwestern Essex. It is owned and managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust.[1][2][3]

The site is ancient woodland on chalky boulder clay and sandy loam. It was mainly elm, but this has died and the wood regenerated naturally with ash, and there is also some field maple and hornbeam. Bramble and dog's mercury dominate the ground layer, and there is a rich variety of plants in wetter areas, such as oxlip and meadow-sweet.[1] There are many species of birds and butterflies, and four ponds which have great crested newts, dragonflies and damselflies.[3]

There is access by a footpath from the B1051 road between Thaxted and Great Sampford.[3]


  1. ^ a b "West Wood, Little Sampford citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Map of West Wood, Little Sampford". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "West Wood Nature Reserve". Essex Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 

Coordinates: 51°58′26″N 0°21′25″E / 51.974°N 0.357°E / 51.974; 0.357

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