Battram Woods

    Managed By
    Royal Forestry Society
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 94

    Description

    Several woods adjoin to make this site an extensive woodland area of significant wildlife interest. Battram Wood is a 48ha site purchased by the Royal Forestry Society with grant aid from the National Forest Company, North West Leicestershire County Council and the Rural Development Commission. Planted between 1998 and 2001, Battram Wood is intended to demonstrate best practice in managing woodland for multiple uses. Cricket bat willows will be harvested in about 20 years, followed by poplar, thereby ensuring sustainable income for the site. This income can then be used for ongoing site maintenance. Cherry, Ash and the conifers will be harvested after 50 years. 350 oaks and yews form the Millenium Circle, the focal point of the woodland. Over 4,300m of unsurfaced paths are available for walking and a cycle route along the edge of the wood forms part of a network of local routes which link into SUSTRANS national cycle network.

    Wildlife Highlights

    This is a very good site for fungi, particularly during Autumn. A good range of bird species have been recorded here, including Tawny Owl and Sparrowhawk. In addition to the forested areas, the site includes a pond and a wildflower meadow.