Holly Hayes Wood
Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary
The main access is from Leicester Road. A public right of way, the Ivanhoe Way, runs east to west from Meadow Lane, Coalville to St Bernards Rd, Whitwick. All other access is permissive and for now, open to public access. Some of the tracks date back to the medieval period.
Public access along the recognised footpaths.
Total species seen at this site: 142
The main part of the site is ancient woodland, with a more recent plantation to the south west. The wood is now managed by the Coalville Education Partnership, who have developed a plan to restore traditional management practices.
The wood lies to the south of Whitwick is is encircled by housing on three sides and adjacent to a quarry on the eastern boundary.
The wood is listed in the Domesday Book, though the name Holly Hayes Wood is more recent, believed to have been used in the mid 19th century when it was thought to have been linked to the adjacent Holly Hayes Farm and probably used for winter grazing.
The woodland supports a wide range of species, including Jay and Muntjac. A good list of moths has been recorded here also. Adjacent grassland is of high quality with Great Burnet and Pignut.
The records and images below may include those from adjacent sites if the grid reference submitted with these records overlaps the boundary of this Wild Place.