Crowsheath Community Woodland
Grid ref: TQ 722 968 (click for o/s map)
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Crowsheath Community Woodland is actually a diverse mixture of meadows and young woodland. The site is popular especially with dog walkers – there is even a designated 'dog dip' area in the wildlife pond. It is managed by Essex & Suffolk Water in partnership with Essex Wildlife Trust and is home to barn owls, kestrels, dormice and water voles. Look out for dragonflies around the pond and birds of prey hunting over the long grass.
Access from Crowsheath Lane, which runs south towards Downham from the road causeway across Hanningfield Reservoir. Both sites are within easy walking distance of Hanningfield Reservoir nature reserve and visitor centre and the Community Woodland can also be reached via footpaths from Downham and Ramsden Heath villages.
Buses from Ramsden Heath to Wickford via Downham stop at the southern end of the lane.
Accessible at all times. Car park open daylight hours.