Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 110


This reserve is partly in Derbyshire and partly in Leicestershire, and is owned by Severn Trent Water and managed by the Wildlife Trust. It covers 23.5 ha and is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The path around the reserve is almost all through mixed woodland. The area around the entrance is hawthorn scrub. The geology gives rise to a varied flora and the general mixture of habitat types results in a very varied insect fauna. Deer are occasionally seen on the reserve and the birdlife is typical of broadleaved woodland. The Laundry Pool, which acts as a settling pond for the Calke Brook, contains large pike and perch. (Fishing is not allowed.) In January / February, a large number of snowdrops bloom at the south-western end of the reserve.


Group Common name Latin name Last seen
Algae, Bacteria, VirusKlebsormidium crenulatum15/03/2014
Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.15/03/2014
AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo21/08/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae15/08/2017
BeetlesGeotrupes spiniger15/08/2017
Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata21/08/2015
BirdsMandarinAix galericulata17/03/2016
BirdsKingfisherAlcedo atthis21/08/2015
BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos07/01/2018
BirdsTufted DuckAythya fuligula21/02/2015
BirdsRavenCorvus corax24/02/2016
BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major07/01/2018
BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius12/04/2013
BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita12/04/2013
BirdsMagpiePica pica07/01/2018
BirdsLittle GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis19/02/2017
Centipedes & MillipedesBristly MillipedePolyxenus lagurus15/03/2014
Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans21/08/2015
Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium07/02/2016
Ferns & HorsetailsBroad Buckler FernDryopteris dilatata07/02/2016
Ferns & HorsetailsMale-fernDryopteris filix-mas21/08/2015
Flies, Gnats and MidgesEmpis livida21/08/2015
Flies, Gnats and MidgesGraphomya maculata21/08/2015
Flies, Gnats and MidgesKite-tailed RobberflyMachimus atricapillus21/08/2015
Flies, Gnats and MidgesMinettia inusta21/08/2015
FungiAscocoryne cylichnium07/02/2016
FungiJelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae21/02/2015
FungiShaggy ParasolChlorophyllum rhacodes15/08/2017
FungiFairy InkcapCoprinellus disseminatus28/10/2017
FungiCrystal Brain FungusExidia nucleata07/01/2018