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

    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.


    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula13/04/2015
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita13/04/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata13/04/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre13/04/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur13/04/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina13/04/2015
    WildflowersMeadow VetchlingLathyrus pratensis13/04/2015
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesThistle Gall FlyUrophora cardui17/10/2015
    FungiBlushing RosetteAbortiporus biennis17/10/2015
    FungiYellow FieldcapBolbitius titubans17/10/2015
    FungiSmall StagshornCalocera cornea17/10/2015
    FungiClitocybe metachroa17/10/2015
    FungiHare's-foot InkcapCoprinus lagopus17/10/2015
    FungiCrepidotus lundellii17/10/2015
    FungiCommon JellyspotDacrymyces stillatus17/10/2015
    FungiPoisonpieHebeloma crustuliniforme17/10/2015
    FungiSweet PoisonpieHebeloma sacchariolens17/10/2015
    FungiSulphur TuftHypholoma fasciculare17/10/2015
    FungiCoconut MilkcapLactarius glyciosmus17/10/2015
    FungiBearded MilkcapLactarius pubescens17/10/2015
    FungiFiery MilkcapLactarius pyrogalus17/10/2015
    FungiBrown Birch BoleteLeccinum scabrum17/10/2015
    FungiMarasmius setosus17/10/2015
    FungiOrange BonnetMycena acicula17/10/2015
    FungiAngel's BonnetMycena arcangeliana17/10/2015
    FungiReddish-spotted MycenaMycena maculata17/10/2015
    FungiBark BonnetMycena speirea17/10/2015
    FungiBrown RollrimPaxillus involutus17/10/2015
    FungiJelly Rot FungusPhlebia tremellosa17/10/2015
    FungiDeer Shield FungusPluteus cervinus17/10/2015