Burley Wood

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

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 93


    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.


    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.

    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Sycamore TarspotRhytisma acerinum01/09/2019roy lemmon
    Oak MildewErysiphe alphitoides01/09/2019roy lemmon
    Coleosporium tussilaginis01/09/2019roy lemmon
    Erysiphe pisi01/09/2019roy lemmon
    HobbyFalco subbuteo01/09/2019roy lemmon
    Crown RustPuccinia coronata01/09/2019roy lemmon
    Phyllactinia mali01/09/2019roy lemmon
    TormentilPotentilla erecta01/09/2019martindgrimes
    Sycamore TarspotRhytisma acerinum01/09/2019AJ Cann
    Oak MildewErysiphe alphitoides01/09/2019AJ Cann
    HobbyFalco subbuteo01/09/2019AJ Cann
    Aceria eriobia01/09/2019roy lemmon
    Aceria macrochela01/09/2019roy lemmon
    Red Pustule GallAceria aceriscampestris01/09/2019roy lemmon
    Aceria cephalonea01/09/2019roy lemmon

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus02/04/2015
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsRed Pustule GallAceria aceriscampestris01/09/2019
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria cephalonea01/09/2019
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria eriobia01/09/2019
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsCauliflower Gall MiteAceria fraxinivora01/09/2019
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria macrochela01/09/2019
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria pseudoplatani01/09/2019
    Slugs & SnailsSmooth Glass SnailAegopinella nitidula26/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsClear Glass SnailAegopinella pura26/09/1989
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io03/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRam's-horn Gall WaspAndricus aries01/09/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix01/09/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus gemmeus01/09/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola01/09/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis01/09/2019
    BirdsSwiftApus apus13/08/2016
    Slugs & SnailsHedgehog SlugArion intermedius26/09/1989
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida01/09/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGarden BumblebeeBombus hortorum26/04/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.26/04/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum26/04/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris26/04/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis26/04/2014
    BirdsBarnacle GooseBranta leucopsis23/02/2013
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo02/07/2013
    Slugs & SnailsWhite-lipped SnailCepaea hortensis26/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsStriped SnailCernuella virgata26/09/1989
    BirdsTreecreeperCerthia familiaris14/05/2016
    BirdsBlack StorkCiconia nigra22/08/2013
    BirdsMarsh HarrierCircus aeruginosus07/10/2014
    FungiColeosporium tussilaginis01/09/2019
    BirdsRavenCorvus corax01/01/2015
    BirdsMute SwanCygnus olor23/03/2013
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesHawthorn Button-top GallDasineura crataegi01/09/2019
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesLittle Black Pudding Gall MidgeDasineura pteridis01/09/2019
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura pustulans01/09/2019
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura ulmaria01/09/2019
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura urticae01/09/2019
    BirdsHouse MartinDelichon urbicum19/04/2014
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major14/05/2016
    BirdsLesser Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos minor14/05/2016
    Slugs & SnailsNetted SlugDeroceras reticulatum26/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsDiscus SnailDiscus rotundatus26/09/1989
    FungiChokeEpichloe typhina01/09/2019
    FungiOak MildewErysiphe alphitoides01/09/2019
    FungiErysiphe pisi01/09/2019
    BirdsPeregrine FalconFalco peregrinus01/01/2015
    BirdsHobbyFalco subbuteo10/06/2014
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus24/03/2015
    Slugs & SnailsDwarf Pond SnailGalba truncatula26/09/1989
    BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius13/10/2015
    LichensScript LichenGraphis scripta30/04/2017
    WildflowersBluebellHyacinthoides non-scripta05/04/2017
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesJaapiella veronicae01/09/2019
    FungiPale Bramble RustKuehneola uredinis01/09/2019
    Slugs & SnailsTree SlugLehmannia marginata26/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsLeopard SlugLimax maximus26/09/1989
    Bees, Wasps, AntsLiposthenes glechomae01/09/2019
    FungiMelampsora caprearum01/09/2019
    FungiMicrobotryum stellariae01/09/2019
    BirdsRed KiteMilvus milvus28/04/2015
    MothsYellow-barred Long-hornNemophora degeerella03/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus01/09/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum01/09/2019
    Slugs & SnailsGarlic SnailOxychilus alliarius26/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsCellar SnailOxychilus cellarius26/09/1989
    BirdsOspreyPandion haliaetus30/04/2016
    MothsBrown Silver-linePetrophora chlorosata03/06/2015
    FungiViolet Bramble RustPhragmidium violaceum01/09/2019
    FungiPhyllactinia mali01/09/2019
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsPhyllocoptes goniothorax01/09/2019
    Slugs & SnailsRed-crusted Pea MusselPisidium personatum26/09/1989
    BirdsGolden PloverPluvialis apricaria28/03/2015
    Slugs & SnailsJenkins' Spire SnailPotamopyrgus antipodarum26/09/1989
    WildflowersTormentilPotentilla erecta01/09/2019
    WildflowersBarren StrawberryPotentilla sterilis05/04/2017
    MothsYellow-spot TwistPseudargyrotoza conwagana03/06/2015
    BugsPsyllopsis fraxini agg.01/09/2019
    FungiCrown RustPuccinia coronata01/09/2019
    FungiPuccinia glechomatis01/09/2019
    FungiPuccinia lagenophorae01/09/2019
    FungiSycamore TarspotRhytisma acerinum01/09/2019
    BirdsSand MartinRiparia riparia15/03/2014
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesLighthouse GallRondaniola bursaria01/09/2019
    BirdsWoodcockScolopax rusticola13/05/2017
    BirdsNuthatchSitta europaea12/05/2015
    BirdsShelduckTadorna tadorna23/03/2013
    BugsTrioza remota01/09/2019
    Slugs & SnailsStrawberry SnailTrochulus striolatus26/09/1989
    BirdsFieldfareTurdus pilaris25/10/2016
    FliesUrophora stylata01/09/2019
    WildflowersCommon Dog-violetViola riviniana05/04/2017
    Slugs & SnailsMilky Crystal SnailVitrea contracta26/09/1989