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Norsey Wood Nature Reserve,
Green Woodlands Day and its brilliant bluebells

With spring just around the corner, I'm busy planning the annual open day at Norsey Wood. This will be on Sunday May 7th and has become known as Green Woodlands Day for the last few years. The idea of the day is to encourage visitors old and new, families with children and grandparents to rediscover their local wood to enjoy displays and activities related to the woodland, its wildlife and crafts. This year's confirmed exhibitors include:

         Eden Falconry — birds of prey, with an emphasis on our native species

         Morris Dancers

         A heavy horse recovering timber, with opportunities to 'meet the horse'

         Pond dipping — what's lurking in the depths?

         Various children's activities, including the Basildon Council Countryside Education team

         Norsey Woodland Crafts — our 'resident' woodyard craftsmen

         Painting of Norsey Wood scenes in process by a local artist

         Wilderness Forge — the artist blacksmith

         Rivenwood Coppice — traditional woodland crafts

         The Norsey Wood volunteer work party making and displaying nest boxes

         Mill Meadows Society

         Essex Bat Group introduce themselves and tell us about the bats that use Norsey Wood

         Essex Badger Protection Group do likewise for badgers

         Essex Beekeepers

         Refreshments provided by Billericay Scouts

         And of course, the Norsey Wood Society!

I am still waiting to hear from a few others, so it should be well worth a visit — and entry is free!
Parking is very limited though, so please walk to the wood if you can.
We have installed some new rustic directional signs to help you find your way around.
Of course, I am hoping that the day will coincide with our usual magnificent show of bluebells — one of the finest in the country — so why not combine your visit to enjoy the natural spectacle too? If you do, please look after your wood by keeping to the main paths to avoid damage to these wild flowers that make this Ancient Woodland such a special place. This will also reduce disturbance to the other creatures that use Norsey Wood Nature Reserve as their home. Many thanks, and I hope you continue to make the most of your local woodland.

Chris Huggins
Countryside Ranger
Norsey Wood Nature Reserve