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Local Nature Reserves
Parndon Woods
Parndon Wood
Hospital &
 Risdens Wood

Harlow Marshes
Marshgate Spring
Maymeads Marsh
Parndon Moat Marsh

Hawkenbury Meadow

County Wildlife Sites
Brenthall &
 Barnsley Wood

Harlow Common
Latton Woods &

Markhall Woods
Netteswell Plantation

Burnetts Wood
Maunds Wood
Vicarage Wood

Harolds Grove
Marsh Lane Copse

Wildlife Sites
Stort Meadows
Fountains Fm Pond
Gilden Way Meadow
  & Dick's Pond
Gravel Pit Springs,
  Latton Farm
Gravel Pit Spring,
  New Hall
Stewards Meadow

Other Sites
Carters Mead
  Wildlife Gdn

   Hospital and Risdens Wood

Status: LNR & SSSI
LNR declared:
1968 & July 2004
Owned by:
Harlow District Council

Area: 52.3 Hectares (LNR)
Local Plan Ref. No: 21/1
OS Grid Ref: TL

BAP species:
Pipistrelle Bat, Song Thrush
BAP habitats:
Ancient Woods, Urban

  site photo Making charcoal from coppice wood
Parndon Woods and Common is an important feature on Harlow's Southern Ridge. Parndon Wood together with Parndon Common (Fennels Field) and Hospital and Risdens Wood form the Parndon Woods and Common Local Nature Reserve. This ancient woodland consists of mature hornbeam coppice and oak. Historically, the hornbeam would have been cut in a fifteen year cycle.

Bird species include nuthatch, jay, great spotted woodpecker, goldcrest, woodcock, tree creeper, cuckoos, chiffchaffs, and garden warblers. Fallow deer, muntjac deer, foxes, rabbits, squirrels, and grass snakes are present in the woods.

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