Bloody Oaks

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    Getting There

    Whilst there appears to be no public footpaths into the wood, the access road onto the A1 cuts through the edge of the site.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 14

    Description

    This woodland lies alongside the A1 and is possibly, but doubtfully, ancient and covers 10 ha on Upper Estuarine Series clay. The wood, Bloody Oaks, gains its name from the large number of men killed near here in March 1470, at the Battle of Losecoat Field (also known as the Battle of Empingham), during the 'War of the Roses'

    Wildlife Highlights

    Greater Butterfly Orchid Platanthera chlorantha has been recorded.

    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Woolly ThistleCirsium eriophorum08/07/2017martindgrimes
    Red KiteMilvus milvus24/06/2017Rod Baker
    Spear ThistleCirsium vulgare22/06/2017martindgrimes
    Common Field-speedwellVeronica persica13/03/2017martindgrimes
    Hairy Bitter-cressCardamine hirsuta05/03/2017martindgrimes
    Six-belted ClearwingBembecia ichneumoniformis23/07/2015Adrian Russell
    Six-Spot BurnetZygaena filipendulae23/07/2015Adrian Russell
    Small SkipperThymelicus sylvestris23/07/2015Adrian Russell
    Meadow BrownManiola jurtina23/07/2015Adrian Russell
    Wrinkled SnailCandidula intersecta27/09/1988Adrian Rundle
    Discus SnailDiscus rotundatus27/09/1988Adrian Rundle
    Kentish Garden SnailMonacha cantiana27/09/1988Adrian Rundle
    Strawberry SnailTrochulus striolatus27/09/1988Adrian Rundle
    Common Whorl SnailVertigo pygmaea27/09/1988Adrian Rundle