Barnsdale Wood

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    Getting There

    The Barnsdale car park is located alongside the wood, reached from the A606.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 75


    This ancient woodland covering 28 ha and is part of the Rutland Water SSSI. The wood is situated on Upper Lias clay and formerly lay within a Medieval deer park. It was partly destroyed through construction of the reservoir. It is a neglected coppice of the Peterken Ash-Maple, Ash-Hazel, Pedunculate Oak-Hazel and Invasive Elm types but has been partly planted with conifers.

    Wildlife Highlights

    Ash Fraxinus excelsior and Pedunculate Oak Quercus robur are the main canopy trees, along with Sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus. There are a few large coppice stools. The shrub layer has abundant Bramble Rubus fruticosus and frequent Hazel Corylus avellana and Elder Sambucus nigra, with Field Maple Acer campestre locally frequent. The ground flora is species-poor. Bracken Pteridium aquilinum is locally abundant, while other species occurring in quantity are Bluebell Hyacynthoides non-scripta, Dog’s Mercury Mercurialis perennis and Bugle Ajuga reptans.

    Notable plants recorded include Thin-spiked Wood-sedge Carex strigosa and Broad-leaved Helleborine Epipactis helleborine.


    Part of the Rutland Water SSSI.

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus12/10/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis12/10/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum12/10/2017
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo10/10/2014
    BirdsLesser RedpollCarduelis cabaret03/11/2015
    BirdsSiskinCarduelis spinus31/10/2015
    BirdsTreecreeperCerthia familiaris12/09/2015
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major22/09/2015
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus14/04/2015
    BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius23/03/2017
    BirdsSmewMergus albellus09/01/2013
    BirdsRed KiteMilvus milvus10/04/2014
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita19/03/2015
    BirdsMarsh TitPoecile palustris12/05/2015
    BirdsGoldcrestRegulus regulus13/04/2016
    BirdsNuthatchSitta europaea31/10/2015
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla03/11/2015
    BirdsGarden WarblerSylvia borin03/05/2016
    BirdsLesser WhitethroatSylvia curruca15/09/2015
    BirdsLittle GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis03/02/2015
    BugsPsyllopsis fraxini agg.12/10/2017
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura rosae12/10/2017
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura ulmaria12/10/2017
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura urticae12/10/2017
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesHairy Beech GallHartigiola annulipes12/10/2017
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesJaapiella veronicae12/10/2017
    Ferns & HorsetailsBrackenPteridium aquilinum08/08/2013
    FliesChirosia grossicauda12/10/2017
    FungiKing Alfred's CakesDaldinia concentrica16/03/2017
    FungiEntyloma ficariae07/05/2017