Centenary Wood and Royal Tigers, Bagworth

Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

Getting There

The site lies immediately to the southwest of the village of Bagworth, on Heath Road. The signposted entrance is about half way down this road, by the wetland area between the two woods.

There is an arrangement between the Woodland Trust and Leicestershire County Council for visitors to park their cars in the Bagworth Heath Woods Car Park (SK456067). Alternatively it would be possible to park a car in the village of Bagworth and walk the 200 metres to the northern end of the site.

Bus information can be found here: https://bustimes.org/localities/bagworth

  • Woodland
  • Open access
Managed By
The Woodland Trust
Further Information


Wild places

Total species seen at this site:


Centenary and Royal Tigers Wood, purchased by the Woodland Trust in 1993, covers an area of 33.5 hectares and occupies a prominent hillside position south of the village of Bagworth. The woodland is made up of two sections: Centenary Wood to the north was planted to commemorate 100 years of Bagworth Parish Council, whilst the section to the south, Royal Tigers Wood, is a living memorial to The Royal Leicestershire Regiment. In recognition, a memorial stone and an arboretum have been incorporated into the woodland.

The surrounding countryside has a history of mining and the nearby former Desford Colliery, under restoration, can be seen to the east. Centenary and Royal Tigers Wood has been designed to complement this restoration work forming an extensive area of community woodland. 

Hedgerows, a stream and several mature trees add to the diversity of the site. Open areas of grassland have been retained and are mown for hay to encourage a rich mixture of wild grasses and flowers. Between 1994 and 1996, 28,000 trees were planted, all being native species such as Oak, Ash and Field Maple, with a variety of shrubs including Hazel and Hawthorn. The trees have thrived and the wood has achieved canopy closure so that it is now possible to walk beneath the trees should you wish to stray off the managed rides and footpaths.

Wildlife Highlights

Major tree species include Oak and Ash, mixed in with Field Maple and Wild Cherry. Other tree species include Hazel, Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Guelder Rose.

Both woods largely feature the same species mix, with the exception of Crack Willow, planted at the northern end of The Royal Tigers.

A small seasonal pond has been created and is slowly being colonised by wetland species.


The records and images below may include those from adjacent sites if the grid reference submitted with these records overlaps the boundary of this Wild Place.

Latest images
Latest records

Group Common name Latin name Last seen
AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo30/03/2017
AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria10/07/2020
Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva06/04/2021
Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa09/06/2019
Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix06/11/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis22/08/2020
Bees, Wasps, AntsCherry Gall WaspCynips quercusfolii09/09/2020
Bees, Wasps, AntsOyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus15/10/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis10/07/2020
Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum31/07/2020
BeetlesCantharis nigricans06/06/2021
BeetlesCantharis pellucida01/06/2020
BeetlesAcorn WeevilCurculio glandium31/08/2020
BeetlesBirch Leaf RollerDeporaus betulae06/06/2021
BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis14/05/2020
Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata04/06/2021
BeetlesCardinal BeetlePyrochroa serraticornis04/06/2021
BeetlesRutpela maculata10/07/2020
BirdsGrey HeronArdea cinerea14/05/2020
BirdsTufted DuckAythya fuligula14/05/2020
BirdsCanada GooseBranta canadensis14/05/2020
BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo30/03/2017
BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone17/03/2019
BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus17/03/2019
BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major23/02/2021
BirdsReed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclus17/02/2021
BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula17/03/2019
BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs20/12/2020
BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus17/02/2021
BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius30/03/2017
BirdsGreat TitParus major17/02/2021
BirdsCoal TitPeriparus ater20/12/2020
BirdsWillow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus11/04/2020
BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula17/02/2021
BirdsNuthatchSitta europaea17/02/2021
BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula23/02/2021
BugsBishop's Mitre ShieldbugAelia acuminata09/09/2019
BugsRed-and-black FroghopperCercopis vulnerata06/06/2019
BugsMugwort Gall AphidCryptosiphum artemisiae16/06/2020
BugsLopus decolor17/07/2020
BugsDelicate Apple CapsidMalacocoris chlorizans09/09/2019
BugsBroad Damsel BugNabis flavomarginatus17/07/2020
BugsCommon Damsel BugNabis rugosus09/09/2019
BugsNotostira elongata11/07/2020
BugsForest BugPentatoma rufipes06/06/2019
BugsPeritrechus geniculatus17/07/2020
BugsPhylus coryli08/07/2019
BugsPlagiognathus chrysanthemi11/07/2020
BugsTachycixius pilosus09/06/2019
BugsThamnotettix confinis14/07/2020
ButterfliesSmall HeathCoenonympha pamphilus06/06/2019
ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni06/06/2019
ButterfliesMarbled WhiteMelanargia galathea08/07/2021
ButterfliesLarge SkipperOchlodes sylvanus08/07/2021
Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura auritae06/09/2020
Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura kiefferiana31/08/2020
Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura trifolii13/09/2020
Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesNephrotoma quadrifaria30/06/2020
Dragonflies and DamselfliesSouthern HawkerAeshna cyanea22/08/2020
Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum08/07/2021
Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans08/07/2021
Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlack-tailed SkimmerOrthetrum cancellatum06/06/2019
Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum31/07/2020
Ferns & HorsetailsField HorsetailEquisetum arvense30/06/2020
FliesBee FlyBombylius major06/04/2021
FliesViolet Black-legged Robber FlyDioctria atricapilla30/05/2020
FliesEmpis stercorea01/06/2020
FliesBlack-horned ClegHaematopota crassicornis15/06/2020
FliesCleg FlyHaematopota pluvialis08/07/2021
FliesLiriomyza congesta05/08/2019
FliesPhytomyza spondylii/pastinacae agg.30/06/2020
FliesRhagio tringarius11/07/2020
FliesYellow Dung FlyScathophaga stercoraria06/06/2019
FliesTephritis vespertina30/05/2020
FungiSilverleaf FungusChondrostereum purpureum08/05/2020
FungiMelampsora populnea26/04/2020
FungiTaphrina crataegi06/05/2018
Grasshoppers & CricketsSlender GroundhopperTetrix subulata09/09/2019
harvestman (Opiliones)Nemastoma bimaculatum04/04/2020
HoverfliesAnasimyia lineata30/05/2020
HoverfliesCheilosia illustrata30/06/2020
HoverfliesCheilosia variabilis21/05/2020
HoverfliesChrysogaster solstitialis07/06/2020
HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus06/06/2019
HoverfliesTapered Drone FlyEristalis pertinax30/06/2020
HoverfliesCommon Drone FlyEristalis tenax06/06/2019
HoverfliesFerdinandea cuprea09/09/2020
HoverfliesThe FootballerHelophilus pendulus30/06/2020
HoverfliesMelangyna umbellatarum06/06/2021
HoverfliesMelanostoma mellinum01/10/2020
HoverfliesWhite-footed HoverflyPlatycheirus albimanus30/06/2020
HoverfliesPlatycheirus peltatus09/09/2020
HoverfliesRhingia campestris14/05/2020
HoverfliesThick-legged HoverflySyritta pipiens30/06/2020
HoverfliesPellucid FlyVolucella pellucens30/06/2020
HoverfliesXylota segnis09/06/2019
insect - true fly (Diptera)Melangyna compositarum/labiatarum01/10/2020
MammalsMuntjacMuntiacus reevesi08/06/2017
MammalsGrey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis17/02/2021
Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria eriobia09/06/2019
Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsPhyllocoptes populi08/07/2019
Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsPhytoptus avellanae15/10/2017
MothsCinerous PearlAnania fuscalis27/05/2020
MothsCommon RollerAncylis badiana04/06/2021
MothsOak Bent-wingBucculatrix ulmella26/11/2020
MothsCommon White WaveCabera pusaria05/08/2019
MothsPale Red SlenderCaloptilia elongella06/09/2020
MothsLatticed HeathChiasmia clathrata09/06/2019
MothsGarden Grass-veneerChrysoteuchia culmella08/07/2021
MothsRose Case-bearerColeophora gryphipennella15/06/2020
MothsPea MothCydia nigricana08/07/2019
MothsMarbled White SpotDeltote pygarga15/06/2020
MothsPimpinel Flat-bodyDepressaria pimpinellae05/07/2020
MothsCommon CarpetEpirrhoe alternata21/05/2020
MothsApple Leaf MinerLyonetia clerkella31/08/2020
MothsWhite-barred GoldMicropterix aruncella30/05/2020
MothsPlain GoldMicropterix calthella21/05/2020
MothsThe VapourerOrgyia antiqua05/07/2020
MothsWoodland MarbleOrthotaenia undulana09/06/2019
MothsBrown Birch SlenderParornix betulae31/08/2020
MothsHazel SlenderParornix devoniella15/10/2017
MothsWhite Oak MidgetPhyllonorycter harrisella05/12/2020
MothsWhite-bodied MidgetPhyllonorycter joannisi22/09/2018
MothsCommon Oak MidgetPhyllonorycter quercifoliella05/12/2020
MothsMother Of PearlPleuroptya ruralis31/07/2020
MothsFern SmutPsychoides filicivora26/11/2020
MothsGolden PigmyStigmella aurella30/03/2017
MothsBase-spotted PigmyStigmella basiguttella02/11/2020
MothsGlossy Bramble PigmyStigmella splendidissimella09/09/2020
MothsSilver-ground CarpetXanthorhoe montanata06/06/2019
SawfliesWheat Stem BorerCephus pygmeus06/06/2019
SawfliesEuropean Alder LeafminerFenusa dohrnii09/09/2020
SawfliesHeterarthrus microcephalus09/09/2019
SawfliesRhogogaster scalaris01/06/2020
SawfliesTenthredo mesomela30/06/2020
Slugs & SnailsArion ater agg.30/03/2017
Slugs & SnailsGarlic SnailOxychilus alliarius10/04/2020
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna04/06/2021
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersTartarian HoneysuckleLonicera tatarica11/04/2020
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina10/06/2018
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGuelder RoseViburnum opulus04/06/2021
WildflowersPyramidal OrchidAnacamptis pyramidalis08/07/2021
WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra10/07/2020
WildflowersCommon CentauryCentaurium erythraea08/07/2021
WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium04/06/2021
WildflowersHybrid BluebellHyacinthoides x massartiana22/04/2021
WildflowersField ScabiousKnautia arvensis04/06/2020
WildflowersMeadow VetchlingLathyrus pratensis30/06/2020
WildflowersCommon ToadflaxLinaria vulgaris31/07/2020
WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus30/06/2020
WildflowersPrickly PoppyPapaver argemone16/05/2020
WildflowersCreeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans23/07/2020
WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara09/09/2020
WildflowersLesser TrefoilTrifolium dubium30/06/2020