Harby Hill Wood

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

    Getting There

    A public footpath runs through the centre of the wood and a bridleway through the southern end.

    Managed By
    Belvoir Hunt (owner)
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 126

    Description

    A band of deciduous woodland along the west-facing scarp slope of the Vale of Belvoir. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to its colonies of Wild Daffodil Narcissus pseudonarcissus. The woodland covers about 18 hectares and is dominated by Ash and Sycamore with some Pedunculate Oak, Hawthorn and  Elder. At the southern end is a small area of species-rich grassland and there are springs at several points at the base of the slope. From below the wood there are beautiful views across the Vale of Belvoir.

    Wildlife Highlights

    Early spring is good for Wild Daffodils and Bluebells. Badgers, Foxes and Muntjac are common. Resident woodland birds include Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Marsh Tit, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker. Migrants include Spotted Flycatchers, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps in summer and Redwings and Fieldfares in winter. Buzzards, Red Kites and Ravens, long absent, are now all regular.

    Status

    Site of Special Scientific Interest


    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius23/03/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum26/03/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum26/06/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris26/03/2020
    BeetlesCantharis rustica28/05/2019
    BeetlesTortoise BeetleCassida vibex26/06/2013
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata23/03/2020
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus26/03/2020
    BirdsMeadow PipitAnthus pratensis26/12/2013
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo13/04/2013
    BirdsLinnetCarduelis cannabina16/04/2020
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis23/03/2020
    BirdsSiskinCarduelis spinus13/04/2013
    BirdsTreecreeperCerthia familiaris13/04/2013
    BirdsStock DoveColumba oenas23/03/2020
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus23/03/2020
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone23/03/2020
    BirdsRookCorvus frugilegus23/03/2020
    BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula23/03/2020
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus23/03/2020
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major24/03/2017
    BirdsYellowhammerEmberiza citrinella13/04/2013
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula23/03/2020
    BirdsHobbyFalco subbuteo13/09/2020
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs23/03/2020
    BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius09/11/2005
    BirdsSpotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striata16/05/2019
    BirdsGreat TitParus major23/03/2020
    BirdsPheasantPhasianus colchicus24/03/2017
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita13/04/2013
    BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis23/03/2020
    BirdsMarsh TitPoecile palustris23/03/2020
    BirdsDunnockPrunella modularis23/03/2020
    BirdsNuthatchSitta europaea23/03/2020
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla07/04/2020
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes23/03/2020
    BirdsRedwingTurdus iliacus23/03/2020
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula23/03/2020
    BirdsSong ThrushTurdus philomelos23/03/2020
    BirdsFieldfareTurdus pilaris23/03/2020
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus16/04/2020
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io23/03/2020
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae26/03/2020
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines10/05/2018
    ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas13/09/2020
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina13/08/2019
    ButterfliesLarge SkipperOchlodes sylvanus20/06/2018
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria28/05/2019
    ButterfliesLarge WhitePieris brassicae16/05/2019
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi16/04/2020
    ButterfliesSmall WhitePieris rapae28/05/2019
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album23/03/2020
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus13/08/2019
    ButterfliesPainted LadyVanessa cardui13/08/2019
    Ferns & HorsetailsGreat HorsetailEquisetum telmateia16/04/2020
    FliesBee FlyBombylius major26/03/2020
    FliesYellow Dung FlyScathophaga stercoraria23/03/2020
    FungiKing Alfred's CakesDaldinia concentrica23/03/2020
    FungiPeniophora lycii24/03/2017
    FungiTurkeytailTrametes versicolor16/04/2020
    FungiBluebell RustUromyces muscari05/04/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesField Wood-rushLuzula campestris16/04/2020
    Mosses & LiverwortsAtrichum undulatum05/04/2020
    Mosses & LiverwortsSilky Forklet-mossDicranella heteromalla05/04/2020
    Mosses & LiverwortsCypress-leaved Plait-mossHypnum cupressiforme05/04/2020
    Mosses & LiverwortsSwan's-neck Thyme-mossMnium hornum05/04/2020
    MothsKnot GrassAcronicta rumicis26/06/2013
    MothsLunar UnderwingOmphaloscelis lunosa13/09/2020
    Slugs & SnailsIrish Yellow SlugLimacus maculatus05/04/2020
    Slugs & SnailsLeopard SlugLimax maximus05/04/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus23/03/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna23/03/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior26/03/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix23/03/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHollyIlex aquifolium23/03/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlackthornPrunus spinosa23/03/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur23/03/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.23/03/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra23/03/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGorseUlex europaeus23/03/2020
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris23/03/2020
    WildflowersLesser BurdockArctium minus26/06/2013
    WildflowersDeadly NightshadeAtropa belladonna02/07/2020
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis16/04/2020
    WildflowersShepherd's-purseCapsella bursa-pastoris16/04/2020
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis16/04/2020
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra04/06/2020
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum16/04/2020
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense14/05/2020
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare14/05/2020
    WildflowersPignutConopodium majus14/05/2020
    WildflowersGlobe-thistleEchinops agg05/07/2012
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna23/03/2020
    WildflowersDove's-foot Crane's-billGeranium molle16/04/2020
    WildflowersHedgerow Crane's-billGeranium pyrenaicum02/05/2020
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum26/06/2013
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium26/06/2013
    WildflowersBluebellHyacinthoides non-scripta05/04/2020
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album26/03/2020
    WildflowersCut-leaved Dead-nettleLamium hybridum05/04/2020
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus14/05/2020
    WildflowersDog's MercuryMercurialis perennis05/07/2012
    WildflowersWild DaffodilNarcissus pseudonarcissus05/04/2020
    WildflowersMouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum14/05/2020
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata26/06/2013
    WildflowersTormentilPotentilla erecta14/05/2020
    WildflowersCreeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans26/06/2013
    WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens26/06/2013
    WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa26/06/2013
    WildflowersCommon GroundselSenecio vulgaris16/04/2020
    WildflowersRed CampionSilene dioica07/04/2020
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara04/06/2020
    WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica26/06/2013
    WildflowersGreater StitchwortStellaria holostea05/04/2020
    WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media26/06/2013
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.26/06/2013
    WildflowersGoat's-beardTragopogon pratensis05/07/2012
    WildflowersRed CloverTrifolium pratense26/06/2013
    WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens26/06/2013
    WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara13/04/2013
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica23/03/2020
    WildflowersGermander SpeedwellVeronica chamaedrys26/06/2013
    WildflowersCommon Field-speedwellVeronica persica16/04/2020
    WildflowersThyme-leaved SpeedwellVeronica serpyllifolia02/05/2020
    WildflowersSweet VioletViola odorata24/03/2017
    WildflowersCommon Dog-violetViola riviniana07/04/2020