Bagworth Heath Woods

Wildlife Highlights

The varied habitats attract a wide range of wildlife. The lakes have been stocked with fish for angling but also attract dragonflies and damselflies as well as wetland birds. The newly planted woodland has already become a valuable habitat and supports Goldfinch, Bullfinch and Long-tailed tits. Green Woodpeckers are usually present, more often heard than seen, and Skylark and Meadow Pipits nest on the open grassland. The site is also interesting for day-flying moths, such as Mother Shipton and Burnet Companion.

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 370


Less than a mile south of Bagworth, towards Merry Lees and Desford, this 75 hectare (185 acre) Country Park has been tranformed from scarred industrial landscape of Desford Colliery into a valuable recreational resource.  Owned and managed by Leicestershire County Council Bagworth Heath Woods are made up of woodland, grassland, heathland, lakes and ponds.  There is a network of grass and surfaced paths throughout, offering relaxing walks through varied habitats and extensive views. The site is linked to Thornton and Bagworth by the circular walk around Leicestershire, the 100-mile Leicestershire Round.

Latest records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
MallardAnas platyrhynchos22/01/2018David Nicholls
Carrion CrowCorvus corone22/01/2018David Nicholls
MoorhenGallinula chloropus22/01/2018David Nicholls
JayGarrulus glandarius22/01/2018David Nicholls
Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major22/01/2018David Nicholls
RobinErithacus rubecula22/01/2018David Nicholls
BlackbirdTurdus merula22/01/2018David Nicholls
Wood PigeonColumba palumbus22/01/2018David Nicholls
AlderAlnus glutinosa22/01/2018David Nicholls
Silver BirchBetula pendula22/01/2018David Nicholls
GorseUlex europaeus22/01/2018David Nicholls
MoleTalpa europaea22/01/2018David Nicholls
RabbitOryctolagus cuniculus22/01/2018David Nicholls
Physcia adscendens22/01/2018David Nicholls
Physcia tenella22/01/2018David Nicholls
Further Information
Getting There

Bagworth Heath Woods is located off Heath Road, approximately 0.6 miles south of Bagworth towards Merry Lees and Desford, in West Leicestershire. The nearest postcode is LE67 1DL.

Managed By
Leicestershire County Council

Group Common name Latin name Last seen
Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.21/02/2017
AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo30/03/2017
AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria28/06/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsRam's-horn Gall WaspAndricus aries06/11/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix06/11/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari22/08/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola06/11/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis22/08/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius08/04/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum08/04/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsCherry Gall WaspCynips quercusfolii06/11/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Pea Gall WaspDiplolepis eglanteriae/nervosa06/11/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae12/01/2012
Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Spangle GallNeuroterus albipes06/11/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsOyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus15/10/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis15/10/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum06/11/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsTorymus bedeguaris04/04/2013
Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata19/05/2011
BeetlesAnthocomus rufus17/09/2011
BeetlesAphodius prodromus19/05/2011
BeetlesCassida viridis19/05/2011
Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata19/05/2011
BeetlesCossonus linearis07/06/2013
BeetlesWillow Flea BeetleCrepidodera aurata17/09/2011
BeetlesCrepidodera fulvicornis17/09/2011
BeetlesGorse WeevilExapion ulicis08/04/2015
BeetlesOrange LadybirdHalyzia sedecimguttata12/11/2017
BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis19/05/2011
BeetlesAdonis' LadybirdHippodamia variegata20/03/2012