Holly Hayes Wood

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

    Getting There

    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.

    Managed By
    Coalville Education Partnership (on behalf of the Friends of Holly Hayes Wood)
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 106

    Description

    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.

    Wildlife Highlights

    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.

    Status

    Public access along the recognised footpaths.

    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Aceria eriobia02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Aceria nervisequa02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Lords-and-LadiesArum maculatum02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    BittersweetSolanum dulcamara02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Common NettleUrtica dioica02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Field MapleAcer campestre02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    HollyIlex aquifolium02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Holly leaf minerPhytomyza ilicis agg.02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Lighthouse GallRondaniola bursaria02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Remote SedgeCarex remota02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Hart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    SanicleSanicula europaea02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    BrooklimeVeronica beccabunga02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Soft Shield FernPolystichum setiferum02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Lady-fernAthyrium filix-femina02/08/2020Melinda Bell

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre02/08/2020
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria eriobia02/08/2020
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria nervisequa02/08/2020
    MothsStraw Grass-veneerAgriphila straminella28/06/2016
    MothsHeart and DartAgrotis exclamationis24/06/2016
    MothsMottled BeautyAlcis repandata03/07/2016
    WildflowersRamsonsAllium ursinum20/05/2020
    MothsSpotted MagpieAnania coronata03/07/2016
    MothsSmall MagpieAnania hortulata24/06/2016
    MothsTriangle-marked RollerAncylis achatana14/07/2016
    WildflowersWood AnemoneAnemone nemorosa20/05/2020
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines20/05/2020
    MothsDark ArchesApamea monoglypha03/07/2016
    MothsBee MothAphomia sociella28/06/2016
    MothsWhite-shouldered MarbleApotomis turbidana24/06/2016
    WildflowersColumbine agg.Aquilegia20/05/2020
    WildflowersLords-and-LadiesArum maculatum02/08/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium20/05/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsLady-fernAthyrium filix-femina02/08/2020
    MothsThe FlameAxylia putris03/07/2016
    MothsPeppered MothBiston betularia15/07/2016
    MothsMarbled BeautyBryophila domestica14/07/2016
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis21/04/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPendulous SedgeCarex pendula02/08/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesRemote SedgeCarex remota02/08/2020
    MothsCommon MarbleCelypha lacunana28/06/2016
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra20/05/2020
    MothsBroom MothCeramica pisi03/07/2016
    MothsGarden Grass-veneerChrysoteuchia culmella03/07/2016
    WildflowersPink PurslaneClaytonia sibirica20/05/2020
    WildflowersPignutConopodium majus20/05/2020
    MothsInlaid Grass-veneerCrambus pascuella03/07/2016
    MothsScalloped OakCrocallis elinguaria15/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTufted Hair-grassDeschampsia cespitosa20/05/2020
    MothsIngrailed ClayDiarsia mendica24/06/2016
    Ferns & HorsetailsScaly Male-fernDryopteris affinis02/08/2020
    BirdsLittle EgretEgretta garzetta31/03/2020
    MothsCommon FootmanEilema lurideola15/07/2016
    WildflowersBroad-leaved HelleborineEpipactis helleborine02/08/2020
    MothsLight Brown Apple MothEpiphyas postvittana24/06/2016
    MothsLittle GreyEudonia lacustrata03/07/2016
    MothsSmall GreyEudonia mercurella28/06/2016
    MothsGarden PebbleEvergestis forficalis14/07/2016
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna20/05/2020
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus31/03/2020
    BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius02/08/2020
    MothsBuff ArchesHabrosyne pyritoides03/07/2016
    MothsSmall EmeraldHemistola chrysoprasaria28/06/2016
    MothsThe UncertainHoplodrina octogenaria15/07/2016
    WildflowersBluebellHyacinthoides non-scripta09/04/2020
    MothsThe SnoutHypena proboscidalis03/07/2016
    MothsRiband WaveIdaea aversata24/06/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHollyIlex aquifolium02/08/2020
    WildflowersIndian BalsamImpatiens glandulifera20/05/2020
    WildflowersYellow IrisIris pseudacorus08/06/2020
    MothsBright-line Brown-eyeLacanobia oleracea03/07/2016
    WildflowersGarden Yellow ArchangelLamiastrum galeobdolon subsp. argentatum06/04/2020
    MothsPoplar Hawk-mothLaothoe populi14/07/2016
    MothsBeautiful Hook-tipLaspeyria flexula03/07/2016
    MothsClouded BorderLomaspilis marginata03/07/2016
    MothsClouded SilverLomographa temerata24/06/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHoneysuckleLonicera periclymenum20/05/2020
    MothsBeautiful CarpetMesoleuca albicillata14/07/2016
    BirdsGrey WagtailMotacilla cinerea25/03/2020
    MammalsMuntjacMuntiacus reevesi20/05/2020
    MothsLarge Yellow UnderwingNoctua pronuba24/06/2016
    MothsShort-cloaked MothNola cucullatella15/07/2016
    MothsFlame ShoulderOchropleura plecta28/06/2016
    MothsBrimstone MothOpisthograptis luteolata24/06/2016
    MothsSwallow-tailed MothOurapteryx sambucaria15/07/2016
    MothsBarred Fruit-tree TortrixPandemis cerasana03/07/2016
    WildflowersWelsh PoppyPapaver cambricum20/05/2020
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria20/05/2020
    BirdsHouse SparrowPasser domesticus31/03/2020
    MothsWillow BeautyPeribatodes rhomboidaria28/06/2016
    MothsGrass RivuletPerizoma albulata24/06/2016
    MothsAngle ShadesPhlogophora meticulosa15/07/2016
    FliesHolly leaf minerPhytomyza ilicis agg.02/08/2020
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album25/03/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsSoft Shield FernPolystichum setiferum02/08/2020
    WildflowersTormentilPotentilla erecta20/05/2020
    WildflowersCowslipPrimula veris10/04/2020
    WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris20/05/2020
    MothsYellow-spot TwistPseudargyrotoza conwagana28/06/2016
    WildflowersYellow-rattleRhinanthus minor20/05/2020
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesLighthouse GallRondaniola bursaria02/08/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersOsierSalix viminalis02/08/2020
    WildflowersGreat BurnetSanguisorba officinalis20/05/2020
    WildflowersSanicleSanicula europaea02/08/2020
    MothsCommon GreyScoparia ambigualis03/07/2016
    MothsEarly ThornSelenia dentaria14/07/2016
    WildflowersRed CampionSilene dioica05/05/2020
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara02/08/2020
    MothsBuff ErmineSpilosoma lutea28/06/2016
    WildflowersBetonyStachys officinalis20/05/2020
    WildflowersGreater StitchwortStellaria holostea20/05/2020
    BirdsCollared DoveStreptopelia decaocto11/05/2020
    MothsRuddy StreakTachystola acroxantha24/06/2016
    MothsGreen Oak TortrixTortrix viridana28/06/2016
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae03/07/2016
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica02/08/2020
    WildflowersBrooklimeVeronica beccabunga02/08/2020
    WildflowersGreater PeriwinkleVinca major25/03/2020
    MothsSilver-ground CarpetXanthorhoe montanata28/06/2016
    FungiGreat Burnet RustXenodochus carbonarius20/05/2020
    MothsDouble Square-spotXestia triangulum03/07/2016