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

    Managed By
    The Woodland Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 108


    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.

    • Woodland
    • Open access
    Further Information


    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo30/03/2017
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria10/07/2020
    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 pellucida01/06/2020
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis14/05/2020
    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
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula17/03/2019
    BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius30/03/2017
    BirdsWillow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus11/04/2020
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula17/03/2019
    BugsBishop's Mitre ShieldbugAelia acuminata09/09/2019
    BugsRed-and-black FroghopperCercopis vulnerata06/06/2019
    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
    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
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesNephrotoma quadrifaria30/06/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesSouthern HawkerAeshna cyanea22/08/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlack-tailed SkimmerOrthetrum cancellatum06/06/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum31/07/2020
    FliesViolet Black-legged Robber FlyDioctria atricapilla30/05/2020
    FliesEmpis stercorea01/06/2020
    FliesBlack-horned ClegHaematopota crassicornis15/06/2020
    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 solstitialis30/06/2020
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus06/06/2019
    HoverfliesTapered Drone FlyEristalis pertinax06/06/2019
    HoverfliesCommon Drone FlyEristalis tenax06/06/2019
    HoverfliesFerdinandea cuprea09/09/2020
    HoverfliesThe FootballerHelophilus pendulus30/06/2020
    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/labiatarum30/06/2020
    MammalsMuntjacMuntiacus reevesi08/06/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria eriobia09/06/2019
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsPhyllocoptes populi08/07/2019
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsPhytoptus avellanae21/04/2018
    MothsCommon White WaveCabera pusaria05/08/2019
    MothsLatticed HeathChiasmia clathrata09/06/2019
    MothsRose Case-bearerColeophora gryphipennella15/06/2020
    MothsPea MothCydia nigricana08/07/2019
    MothsMarbled White SpotDeltote pygarga15/06/2020
    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-bodied MidgetPhyllonorycter joannisi22/09/2018
    MothsMother Of PearlPleuroptya ruralis31/07/2020
    MothsGolden PigmyStigmella aurella30/03/2017
    MothsSilver-ground CarpetXanthorhoe montanata06/06/2019
    SawfliesWheat Stem BorerCephus pygmeus06/06/2019
    SawfliesEuropean Alder LeafminerFenusa dohrnii09/09/2020
    SawfliesHeterarthrus microcephalus09/09/2019
    SawfliesRhogogaster viridis01/06/2020
    SawfliesTenthredo mesomela30/06/2020
    Slugs & SnailsArion ater agg.30/03/2017
    Slugs & SnailsGarlic SnailOxychilus alliarius10/04/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersTartarian HoneysuckleLonicera tatarica11/04/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina10/06/2018
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra10/07/2020
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium30/06/2020
    WildflowersField ScabiousKnautia arvensis30/06/2020
    WildflowersMeadow VetchlingLathyrus pratensis31/07/2020
    WildflowersCommon ToadflaxLinaria vulgaris31/07/2020
    WildflowersPrickly PoppyPapaver argemone16/05/2020
    WildflowersCreeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans23/07/2020
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara09/09/2020
    WildflowersLesser TrefoilTrifolium dubium30/06/2020