Change Spinney, Ratby

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

    Getting There

    There is no road access so to get there you must walk along the public footpath network, either from Ratby village or from Burroughs Road.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 78

    Description

    This small fragment of ancient wood was extended by the Woodland Trust (sometimes called Hollow Oak Wood). It lies on a traditional walk route referred to as the 'Ratby Change' with a public footpath running through it.

    Wildlife Highlights

    The mature trees are mainly English Oak with an understory of Hazel and Hawthorn. The new plantings have introduced other tree species such as Ash and Wild Cherry. In the Spring, many wildflowers associated with anceient, or long-established, woodland can be seen, including Yellow Archangel, Bluebell and Wood Anemone.

    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Sessile OakQuercus petraea12/05/2020David Nicholls
    RookCorvus frugilegus08/05/2020David Nicholls
    Green WoodpeckerPicus viridis08/05/2020David Nicholls
    Yellow ArchangelLamiastrum galeobdolon08/05/2020David Nicholls
    Wood SpeedwellVeronica montana08/05/2020David Nicholls
    Wavy Bitter-cressCardamine flexuosa08/05/2020David Nicholls
    Physcia aipolia08/05/2020David Nicholls
    Physcia caesia08/05/2020David Nicholls
    Chewing Gum LichenLecanora muralis08/05/2020David Nicholls
    Wood MelickMelica uniflora08/05/2020David Nicholls
    Wood MilletMilium effusum08/05/2020David Nicholls
    Clouded FunnelClitocybe nebularis20/11/2019David Nicholls
    Arthonia radiata20/11/2019David Nicholls
    Cherry Gall WaspCynips quercusfolii20/11/2019David Nicholls
    OakmossEvernia prunastri20/11/2019David Nicholls

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    FliesGraphomya maculata17/11/2011
    FliesPhaonia subventa17/11/2011
    FungiElder WhitewashHyphodontia sambuci17/11/2011
    FungiWood BlewitLepista nuda17/11/2011
    FungiStump PuffballLycoperdon pyriforme17/11/2011
    FungiBirch PolyporePiptoporus betulinus17/11/2011
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus15/04/2019
    Centipedes & MillipedesCommon CryptopsCryptops hortensis15/04/2019
    Centipedes & MillipedesPill MillipedeGlomeris marginata15/04/2019
    Ferns & HorsetailsBroad Buckler FernDryopteris dilatata15/04/2019
    FliesHolly leaf minerPhytomyza ilicis agg.15/04/2019
    FungiBitter Chocolate RustUromyces ficariae15/04/2019
    Slugs & SnailsSmooth Glass SnailAegopinella nitidula15/04/2019
    Slugs & SnailsArion ater agg.15/04/2019
    Slugs & SnailsLeopard SlugLimax maximus15/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHazelCorylus avellana15/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna15/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior15/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix15/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHollyIlex aquifolium15/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild CherryPrunus avium15/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur15/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.15/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra15/04/2019
    WildflowersWood AnemoneAnemone nemorosa15/04/2019
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris15/04/2019
    WildflowersLords-and-LadiesArum maculatum15/04/2019
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna15/04/2019
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine15/04/2019
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium15/04/2019
    WildflowersBluebellHyacinthoides non-scripta15/04/2019
    WildflowersYellow ArchangelLamiastrum galeobdolon15/04/2019
    WildflowersDog's MercuryMercurialis perennis15/04/2019
    WildflowersGreater PlantainPlantago major15/04/2019
    WildflowersSilverweedPotentilla anserina15/04/2019
    WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens15/04/2019
    WildflowersGreater StitchwortStellaria holostea15/04/2019
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica15/04/2019
    BeetlesAmara ovata17/04/2019
    BirdsSkylarkAlauda arvensis17/04/2019
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone17/04/2019
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula17/04/2019
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io17/04/2019
    ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni17/04/2019
    FliesBee FlyBombylius major17/04/2019
    harvestman (Opiliones)Platybunus triangularis17/04/2019
    LichensLecanora chlarotera17/04/2019
    LichensLecidella elaeochroma17/04/2019
    LichensXanthoria parietina17/04/2019
    Slugs & SnailsDusky SlugArion subfuscus17/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre17/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDogwoodCornus sanguinea17/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlackthornPrunus spinosa17/04/2019
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium17/04/2019
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum17/04/2019
    WildflowersCommon Cat's-earHypochaeris radicata17/04/2019
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius17/04/2019
    WildflowersRed CampionSilene dioica17/04/2019
    WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens17/04/2019
    WildflowersCommon Field-speedwellVeronica persica17/04/2019
    Woodlice, CrustaceansPill WoodlouseArmadillidium vulgare17/04/2019
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Shiny WoodlouseOniscus asellus17/04/2019
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Rough WoodlousePorcellio scaber17/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCherry Gall WaspCynips quercusfolii20/11/2019
    FungiClouded FunnelClitocybe nebularis20/11/2019
    LichensArthonia radiata20/11/2019
    LichensOakmossEvernia prunastri20/11/2019
    LichensHammered Shield LichenParmelia sulcata20/11/2019
    BirdsRookCorvus frugilegus08/05/2020
    BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis08/05/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesWood MelickMelica uniflora08/05/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesWood MilletMilium effusum08/05/2020
    LichensChewing Gum LichenLecanora muralis08/05/2020
    LichensPhyscia aipolia08/05/2020
    LichensPhyscia caesia08/05/2020
    WildflowersWavy Bitter-cressCardamine flexuosa08/05/2020
    WildflowersWood SpeedwellVeronica montana08/05/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSessile OakQuercus petraea12/05/2020