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
    FungiBlushing RosetteAbortiporus biennis17/10/2015
    BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus20/11/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre13/04/2015
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium04/11/2018
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus04/11/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix12/11/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari12/11/2018
    WildflowersWild AngelicaAngelica sylvestris17/10/2015
    FungiJelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae20/11/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula17/10/2015
    FungiYellow FieldcapBolbitius titubans17/10/2015
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo20/04/2017
    FungiSmall StagshornCalocera cornea17/10/2015
    WildflowersSweet ChestnutCastanea sativa17/10/2015
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense17/10/2015
    FungiClitocybe metachroa17/10/2015
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus04/11/2018
    FungiGlistening InkcapCoprinellus micaceus29/12/2018
    FungiHare's-foot InkcapCoprinus lagopus17/10/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDogwoodCornus sanguinea17/10/2015
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone04/11/2018
    BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula04/11/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna17/10/2015
    FungiCrepidotus lundellii17/10/2015
    FungiCommon JellyspotDacrymyces stillatus17/10/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata13/04/2015
    Slime MouldsDiachea leucopoda17/10/2015
    MothsVirgin PigmyEctoedemia argyropeza12/11/2018
    MothsSpotted Black PigmyEctoedemia subbimaculella12/11/2018
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula13/04/2015