The Pound Wood Nature Reserve is one of three
Essex Wildlife Trust reserves in Daws Heath, Benfleet, Essex.
Many of the pages here were originally written by Peter Marett as a resource
for local schools. These are now been incorporated into the general scheme.
These pages were originally created as a resource for my students studying
conservation. Now that I have retired, the pages can have a more general
With the help of those managing the reserve,
I have, over the years, been re-writing these pages for the
benefit of general users. In the meantime, some of the pages on the left
are much the same as before.
However, many of the pages have been left unedited
for a number of years. Recently, I have been revisiting various pages,
either to bring them up-to-date or to make sure that they work effectively
in modern browsers. I have recently been working on the pages on Management
Coupes, past Newsletter articles, and the Trail
Most of the original photographs of the wood have been taken by the
warden, David Harris who has also provided much of the text. Many of them
are now several years old. What these pages are
in need of, like many others, are up-to-date photographs. I have recently
receives a number of recent images, especially from John Turner, which
I have been incorporating where appropriate. However, I would welcome more.
Please contact me (through the About page)
if you have any photographs that you think I could use.
Another important source has been the book: Ancient
Woodlands: the Woods of South-East Essex, by Oliver Rackham.
An Aerial Photo of Pound Wood
This photograph was taken in winter 1993, before any coppicing started.
Thus there is a continuous (though leafless) canopy, except for the area
under the power lines. It also clearly shows the position of the wood with
respect to the housing to the south-west (bottom right) and beyond to the
east (top). The meadows to the north (left) were known, at the
time of this photograph, as Brett’s Meadows, and were little
used except for horse grazing. The A127 is just visible in the top left corner.