Norsey Wood

LOOKING AFTER BILLERICAY’S WOODLAND GEM.

The Norsey Wood Society was founded in 1977 following the purchase of the wood by Basildon Council to protect Norsey Wood, an Ancient Woodland from housing development. Since then, restoring an annual coppicing regime, maintenance and habitat improvement has been the responsibility of a Countryside Services Ranger supported by the Society.

Over the years an initial few enthusiasts has blossomed into a weekly volunteer Working Party which meets at 10.00am each Thursday.

The Society aims to encourage public interest, participation in the management and conservation of the wood, a Local Nature Reserve, encouraging wildlife conservation and biodiversity, and promoting an interest in Natural History.

There are four free Talks a year on subjects relevant to the Wood and Essex. Look out for our talks such as- Dormice, living the high life which are publicised in the Resident.

An event not to be missed is our annual Open Day on a Sunday in May.

A great day for the family. Children enjoy pond dipping for newts, watching a heavy horse retrieve large logs from the wood, seeing birds of prey close up and learning about wildlife and nature through other static displays

We publish four newsletters a year keeping members up to date with developments in the wood. Members assist with regular surveys of butterflies and dormice in season, monitor the health of various habitats being actively managed to maintain and improve the biodiversity of Billericay’s woodland gem.

We have recently launched an enhanced website, norseywoodsociety.uk, to make information about the Wood more accessible. The website is being developed and is well worth revisiting from time to time as more content is added.

Membership is only £5.00pa per household. Application forms are available online, at a Talk or outside the Ranger’s Office near the Car Park (01277-624553).

Come and visit your wood: there is a small car park off Outwood Common Road (CM11 1HA) or walk in via the pedestrian entrances near Lilford Road, Deerbank Road or Break Egg Hill. Later this month, the Bluebells for which the Wood is famous should be at their best. If you visit between March and the end ofJuly when low nesting birds are raising their young we ask all visitors to stay on the main paths and keep dogs under close control – thank you.