Fort Henry Ponds

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    Getting There

    Note there is no vehicular access. Park at Exton and walk east along the footpath for c1.5 miles.

    Managed By
    Exton Estates
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 32

    Description

    These ancient fishponds lie within Exton Park, around 2 miles south-east of Greetham. Trees, marsh and calcareous grassland surrounds the two ornamental lakes.

    Wildlife Highlights

    Green Figwort Scrophularia umbrosa, Pyramidal Orchid Anacamptis pyramidalis, Autumn Gentian Gentianella amarella and the hybrid rush Juncus x diffusus have been recorded.

    The ponds attract good numbers of wildfowl, including several rarities. The surrounding parkland holds Corn Buntings, and Quail are sometimes heard in summer. Singing Hawfinches have been observed around the ponds.

    Status

    Private but crossed by several public footpaths.

    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Common DarterSympetrum striolatum19/10/2018Andy's Rutland
    Salix x fragilis19/10/2018Andy's Rutland
    WellingtoniaSequoiadendron giganteum19/10/2018Andy's Rutland
    Common Whitebeam agg.Sorbus aria agg.19/10/2018Andy's Rutland
    SycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus19/10/2018Andy's Rutland
    MallardAnas platyrhynchos19/10/2018Andy's Rutland
    Mute SwanCygnus olor19/10/2018Andy's Rutland
    Greylag GooseAnser anser19/10/2018Andy's Rutland
    Greylag GooseAnser anser10/10/2018Andy's Rutland
    Mute SwanCygnus olor10/10/2018Andy's Rutland
    CootFulica atra10/10/2018Andy's Rutland
    BeechFagus sylvatica10/10/2018Andy's Rutland
    BlackthornPrunus spinosa10/10/2018Andy's Rutland
    BeechFagus sylvatica10/10/2018Andy's Rutland
    Common Whitebeam agg.Sorbus aria agg.10/10/2018Andy's Rutland

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos19/10/2018
    BirdsGreylag GooseAnser anser19/10/2018
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo13/05/2017
    BirdsMute SwanCygnus olor19/10/2018
    BirdsHobbyFalco subbuteo12/05/2015
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus12/05/2015
    BirdsCootFulica atra10/10/2018
    BirdsRed KiteMilvus milvus12/05/2015
    BirdsGrey WagtailMotacilla cinerea13/05/2017
    BirdsShelduckTadorna tadorna09/05/2013
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella25/06/2013
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum25/06/2013
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesRed-eyed DamselflyErythromma najas25/06/2013
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans25/06/2013
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesLarge Red DamselflyPyrrhosoma nymphula25/06/2013
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum19/10/2018
    MothsSilver YAutographa gamma25/06/2013
    MothsYellow ShellCamptogramma bilineata25/06/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersNorway MapleAcer platanoides10/10/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus19/10/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersCedar-of-LebanonCedrus libani10/10/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBeechFagus sylvatica10/10/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlackthornPrunus spinosa10/10/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersEvergreen OakQuercus ilex10/10/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSalix x fragilis19/10/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWellingtoniaSequoiadendron giganteum19/10/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersCommon Whitebeam agg.Sorbus aria agg.10/10/2018
    WildflowersCommon Eyebright agg.Euphrasia officinalis agg.04/08/2013
    WildflowersField ScabiousKnautia arvensis04/08/2013
    WildflowersFairy FlaxLinum catharticum25/06/2013