Browns Wood, Thornton

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

    Getting There

    Access is along the public footpath at the northern inflow of Thornton Reservoir or from Markfield Lane, just to the east of Thornton village (no parking at this entrance).

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 60


    Brown's Wood, formerly Manor Farm Woodland, lies just north of Thornton Reservoir. It was planted in part due to the heavy metal group Iron Maiden liaising with the Carbon Neutral Company to plant enough saplings to offset the carbon dioxide generated by the production and distribution of their 2003 album Dance of Death.

    Several public footpaths cross the site.

    Wildlife Highlights

    As a relatively new woodland, the ecological interest is still developing.

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria07/03/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum30/09/2019
    BeetlesWater LadybirdAnisosticta novemdecimpunctata15/06/2020
    BirdsGoldcrestRegulus regulus30/09/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella15/06/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesEmerald DamselflyLestes sponsa15/06/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBroad-bodied ChaserLibellula depressa15/06/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesLarge Red DamselflyPyrrhosoma nymphula15/06/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesRuddy DarterSympetrum sanguineum15/06/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsMale-fernDryopteris filix-mas30/09/2019
    FungiCommon JellyspotDacrymyces stillatus30/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Oat-grassArrhenatherum elatius30/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata30/09/2019
    harvestman (Opiliones)Dicranopalpus ramosus agg.30/09/2019
    harvestman (Opiliones)Mitopus morio30/09/2019
    harvestman (Opiliones)Oligolophus tridens30/09/2019
    harvestman (Opiliones)Paroligolophus agrestis30/09/2019
    LichensArthonia radiata30/09/2019
    LichensOakmossEvernia prunastri30/09/2019
    LichensLecidella elaeochroma30/09/2019
    MammalsRed FoxVulpes vulpes09/11/2017
    Slugs & SnailsDusky SlugArion subfuscus30/09/2019
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis30/09/2019
    Slugs & SnailsGarlic SnailOxychilus alliarius30/09/2019
    Slugs & SnailsGreat Ramshorn SnailPlanorbarius corneus15/06/2020
    Slugs & SnailsBudapest SlugTandonia budapestensis30/09/2019
    Slugs & SnailsHairy SnailTrochulus hispidus30/09/2019
    SpidersNursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis30/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre30/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula30/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDogwoodCornus sanguinea30/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHazelCorylus avellana30/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna30/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior30/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix30/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHollyIlex aquifolium30/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersEuropean LarchLarix decidua30/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild CherryPrunus avium30/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlackthornPrunus spinosa30/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur30/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina30/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.30/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGuelder RoseViburnum opulus30/09/2019
    WildflowersLarge BindweedCalystegia silvatica30/09/2019
    WildflowersWavy Bitter-cressCardamine flexuosa30/09/2019
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum30/09/2019
    WildflowersRosebay WillowherbChamerion angustifolium30/09/2019
    WildflowersEnchanter's-nightshadeCircaea lutetiana30/09/2019
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense30/09/2019
    WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum30/09/2019
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum30/09/2019
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium30/09/2019
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album30/09/2019
    WildflowersGreater PlantainPlantago major30/09/2019
    WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens30/09/2019
    WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa30/09/2019
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius30/09/2019
    WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica30/09/2019
    WildflowersRed CloverTrifolium pratense30/09/2019
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica30/09/2019