Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary
Normanton Wood is located just over a kilometre to the east of Earl Shilton, in the southwest of Leicestershire near Hinkley. For parking, there is a formal pull-off, which will accommodate two or three cars, on the northern boundary (off Earl Shilton Road) and an informal pull-off on Thurlaston Road on the south side of the site.
It is a 10-15 minute walk from the nearest bus stop in Earl Shilton. Bus information is available here: https://bustimes.org/localities/earl-shilton
There are public toilets on Wood Street in Earl Shilton.
- Woodland Trust woodland
Total species seen at this site:
Acquired by the Woodland Trust in 1999 as part of the "Woods on Your Doorstep " initiative, Normanton Wood lies approximately 2 kilometers from Earl Shilton and covers an area of 6.78 hectares. It is a native broadleaf woodland with four main tree species, Oak, Ash, Field Maple and Hazel, in four blocks separated by grass rides and footpaths.The hedged boundary along Earl Shilton Road has a number of mature standard trees within it, principally Oak. Adjoining the site in the southeastern corner is a small copse of Sycamore, Ash and Oak thought to have been planted in the 1930s.
The design and initial planting were achieved by the involvement of the local community and the Leicestershire Girl Guides Association.
A good variety of butterflies have been recorded here, including Common Blue, Holly Blue and Small Copper.
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.