Fishley Belt, Glenfield

    Map key:

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

    There is a footpath through the site which can be accessed from Blackthorn Road or Somerset Drive and has outlets into the new estate at various points. It also provides a way to access the Optimus Nature Area and beyond.

    Managed By
    No apparent management except surfaced part of right of way
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 24


    This is a wide belt of mature woodland running along the western edge of an old golf course. Fishley Belt appears on maps going back to the nineteenth century and is one of the best examples of ancient woodland in Blaby District. In spring it is awash with native Bluebells and other wildflowers. The woodland is covered by a blanket TPO.

    Wildlife Highlights

    Great Crested Newts, bats and Badgers are in the area and Barn Owls and Jays are amongst the birds seen here. The woodland is also very good for fungi in the Autumn.

    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    BuzzardButeo buteo14/05/2019Roy Denney
    BlackbirdTurdus merula14/05/2019Roy Denney
    RobinErithacus rubecula14/05/2019Roy Denney
    Common FrogRana temporaria30/03/2019Roy Denney
    Wood PigeonColumba palumbus30/03/2019Roy Denney
    RobinErithacus rubecula30/03/2019Roy Denney
    Carrion CrowCorvus corone10/11/2018Roy Denney
    Field MapleAcer campestre24/07/2018Roy Denney
    Creeping ButtercupRanunculus repens24/07/2018Roy Denney
    Wild TeaselDipsacus fullonum24/07/2018Roy Denney
    Great WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum19/07/2018Roy Denney
    Common Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus19/07/2018Roy Denney
    Silver BirchBetula pendula12/07/2018Roy Denney
    Common NettleUrtica dioica12/07/2018Roy Denney
    Bramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.12/07/2018Roy Denney

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria30/03/2019
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo14/05/2019
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus30/03/2019
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone10/11/2018
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula14/05/2019
    BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis28/06/2018
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula14/05/2019
    ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni25/03/2018
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria07/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre24/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus12/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula12/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna12/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix29/04/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild CherryPrunus avium12/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur12/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.12/07/2018
    WildflowersWild TeaselDipsacus fullonum24/07/2018
    WildflowersGreat WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum19/07/2018
    WildflowersBluebellHyacinthoides non-scripta29/04/2018
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus19/07/2018
    WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens24/07/2018
    WildflowersRagged-RobinSilene flos-cuculi12/07/2018
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica12/07/2018