Battram Woods

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    Managed By
    Royal Forestry Society
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 101


    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.

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    FungiAngel's BonnetMycena arcangeliana17/10/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix12/11/2018
    FungiBark BonnetMycena speirea17/10/2015
    FungiBearded MilkcapLactarius pubescens17/10/2015
    WildflowersBlack MedickMedicago lupulina17/10/2015
    FungiBlue RoundheadStropharia caerulea17/10/2015
    FungiBlushing RosetteAbortiporus biennis17/10/2015
    FungiBrown Birch BoleteLeccinum scabrum17/10/2015
    FungiBrown RollrimPaxillus involutus17/10/2015
    MothsBuckthorn PigmyStigmella catharticella12/11/2018
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula20/11/2019
    FungiButter CapRhodocollybia butyracea17/10/2015
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo20/04/2017
    FungiCandlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon01/12/2019
    WildflowersCaper SpurgeEuphorbia lathyris20/11/2019
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone04/11/2018
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs29/12/2018
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita13/04/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata13/04/2015
    FungiCoconut MilkcapLactarius glyciosmus17/10/2015
    WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara20/11/2019
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria20/04/2017
    FungiCommon JellyspotDacrymyces stillatus17/10/2015
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica17/10/2015
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense17/10/2015
    FungiDeer Shield FungusPluteus cervinus17/10/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina13/04/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDogwoodCornus sanguinea17/10/2015
    FungiElder WhitewashHyphodontia sambuci29/12/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre13/04/2015