Belfairs woods is possibly the best place to see Nuthatch in Southend. The woods enclose the Belfairs Golf Course and it is at the side of the fairways that Woodpeckers can usually always be seen.
Belfairs consists of outdoor sports facilities (including a golf course), gardens, a nature reserve and walks set in woodland.
The golf course at Belfairs Park covers 123 acres. The 18 hole course layout remains much as it was originally designed in 1926, with many of the fairways flanked by woodland. It has a par of 70 and a total length of 5,795m. The pitch and putt course was added soon after World War II. Today, there are two resident golf clubs, Belfairs Golf Club, established in 1926, and Southend Golf Club, established in 1956. The course is a 'Pay As You Play' course open to members and non-members alike.
To the east of the golf course there are 2 bowling greens, tennis courts, a children's playground, changing facilities and stables. A cafe is located on the ground floor of the golf clubhouse.
The Woodland Garden has shady walks and ornamental shrub planting under the canopy of mature oaks and chestnuts. A trotting track leads from the stables through woodland around the perimeter of the golf course. The Nature Reserve contains ancient woodland within Hadleigh Great Wood. It is home to many species of flora and fauna.
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