Balls Wood

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A sizeable and varied woodland, where plantations of conifers contrast with old coppiced hornbeams.

In spring the woodland rides are full of birdsong and wildflowers, including bluebell, wood anenome, early purple orchid and the rare herb paris. Breeding birds include woodcock and sparrowhawk.

There are many ponds in Balls Wood which vary from shallow, muddy pools to deeper more open ponds. These support a range of aquatic organisms, including great crested newts, dragonflies and an unusual species of liverwort.

There is also a woodlands walk.

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From Hertford Heath village turn into Roundings Road adjacent to the College Arms pub. There is limited parking along this road although not in the private section. From here walk about one kilometre along the road, keeping to the right where it joins an unsurfaced section of the Roman Ermine Street. The entrance to Balls Wood is on the left where there is a Forest Enterprise sign.


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