Armley Wood, Hambleton

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

    Getting There

    The Rutland Water cycle path cuts through the woodland and this is best reached from Upper Hambleton village.

    Status

    Part of the Rutland Water SSSI and Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 10

    Description

    The wood is situated along the northern shoreline of the Hambleton peninsular. This is ancient woodland but much reduced in size due to construction of Rutland Water and now only covering around 6 ha. In the Middle Ages it was part of Barnsdale deer park. The wood is of the Ash-Hazel type and lies on on Upper Lias clay.

    Wildlife Highlights

    Ash Fraxinus excelsior, Pedunculate Oak Quercus robur, Sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus and Hazel Corylus avellana are the main constituents of the tree and shrub layers and some well-grown oaks are present. The field layer does not appear to be particularly species-rich, but includes Primrose Primula vulgaris, Moschatel Adoxa moschatellina, Wood-sorrel Oxalis acetosella and Wood Speedwell Veronica montana.

     

    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 records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Scarlet ElfcupSarcoscypha austriaca10/02/2018siancheverton
    Wrinkled CrustPhlebia radiata11/01/2018steven lewis
    Grass VetchlingLathyrus nissolia26/05/2017steven lewis
    ShagPhalacrocorax aristotelis01/09/2016steven lewis
    Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena05/01/2016Rod Baker
    Yellow StagshornCalocera viscosa18/12/2015steven lewis
    RobinErithacus rubecula18/12/2015steven lewis
    Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena07/04/2015Rod Baker
    ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita07/04/2015Rod Baker
    Marsh TitPoecile palustris07/04/2015Rod Baker
    TreecreeperCerthia familiaris07/04/2015Rod Baker