Burley Wood

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

Status

Private with no public access, though A606 cuts through the southern edge of the wood.

Site of Special Scientific Interest

Further Information

Burley Wood: report on a study of its history and ecology (I.M. Evans, Leicestershire Museums Service, Ed, 1989) provides comprehensive information on the site.

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Description

This is the largest ancient woodland in Leicestershire and Rutland, covering 158.3 ha. and located just north of Rutland Water. It is part of the Burley and Rushpits Woods SSSI. The wood stands on Upper Lias Clay, mostly on a south-facing slope, but with varied topography. Parts have been planted with conifers and broadleaves.

Wildlife Highlights

The remaining semi-natural wood contains large numbers of mature Pedunculate Oak Quercus robur and Ash Fraxinus excelsior. The shrub layer is sparse in places, but the dominant species is Hazel Corylus avellana. Other trees and shrubs are present, including Wild Service-tree Sorbus torminalis. Brambles Rubus fruticosus agg are abundant.

The field layer is generally species-poor, being dominated by Bluebell Hyacynthoides non-scripta and Bracken Pteridium aquilinum. Notable plants include Hairy Wood-rush Luzula pilosa, Broad-leaved Helleborine Epipactis helleborine and, on the wide rides, Water Avens Geum rivale and Slender St. John’s-wort Hypericum pulchrum.

The lichen flora of the wood is diverse with many notable species. Old Pedunculate Oak and Hazel trees in the north of the wood are particularly important for lichens. An area of bog-mosses (Sphagnum spp) is also present. The wood has a rich dead-wood invertebrate fauna and there is a small population of Glow-worms. Several species of bats have been recorded, including roosting Noctule and Nathusius’ Pipistrelle; Slow-worms are present; and the breeding bird fauna is also diverse.

 

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