Bagworth Heath Woods

    Wildlife Highlights

    The varied habitats attract a wide range of wildlife. The lakes have been stocked with fish for angling but also attract dragonflies and damselflies as well as wetland birds. The newly planted woodland has already become a valuable habitat and supports Goldfinch, Bullfinch and Long-tailed tits. Green Woodpeckers are usually present, more often heard than seen, and Skylark and Meadow Pipits nest on the open grassland. The site is also interesting for day-flying moths, such as Mother Shipton and Burnet Companion.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 513


    Less than a mile south of Bagworth, towards Merry Lees and Desford, this 75 hectare (185 acre) Country Park has been tranformed from scarred industrial landscape of Desford Colliery into a valuable recreational resource.  Owned and managed by Leicestershire County Council Bagworth Heath Woods are made up of woodland, grassland, heathland, lakes and ponds.  There is a network of grass and surfaced paths throughout, offering relaxing walks through varied habitats and extensive views. The site is linked to Thornton and Bagworth by the circular walk around Leicestershire, the 100-mile Leicestershire Round.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Entomobrya nicoleti15/07/2019AJ Cann
    Entomobrya nivalis15/07/2019AJ Cann
    GatekeeperPyronia tithonus15/07/2019AJ Cann
    Meadow BrownManiola jurtina15/07/2019AJ Cann
    Small HeathCoenonympha pamphilus15/07/2019AJ Cann
    Cucumber Green Orb SpiderAraniella cucurbitina sensu lato15/07/2019AJ Cann
    Entomobrya nicoleti15/07/2019AJ Cann
    Entomobrya nivalis15/07/2019AJ Cann
    Essex SkipperThymelicus lineola15/07/2019AJ Cann
    Nursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis15/07/2019AJ Cann
    Marmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus11/07/2019egaten
    GatekeeperPyronia tithonus11/07/2019egaten
    Long HoverflySphaerophoria scripta11/07/2019egaten
    Common Drone FlyEristalis tenax11/07/2019egaten
    Shaded Broad-barScotopteryx chenopodiata11/07/2019egaten
    Further Information
    Getting There

    Bagworth Heath Woods is located off Heath Road, approximately 0.6 miles south of Bagworth towards Merry Lees and Desford, in West Leicestershire. The nearest postcode is LE67 1DL.

    Managed By
    Leicestershire County Council

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.21/02/2017
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo30/03/2017
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria28/06/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa09/06/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRam's-horn Gall WaspAndricus aries06/11/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix06/11/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari22/01/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola06/11/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis22/08/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera25/02/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum15/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius08/04/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum08/04/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCherry Gall WaspCynips quercusfolii06/11/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Pea Gall WaspDiplolepis eglanteriae/nervosa06/11/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae22/01/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger25/02/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Spangle GallNeuroterus albipes06/11/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus15/10/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis15/10/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum15/10/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTorymus bedeguaris04/04/2013
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata19/05/2011
    BeetlesAgabus bipustulatus28/06/2018
    BeetlesGolden-bloomed Grey LonghornAgapanthia villosoviridescens09/06/2019
    BeetlesAnthocomus rufus17/09/2011
    BeetlesAphodius prodromus19/05/2011
    BeetlesCantharis nigra28/06/2018
    BeetlesCantharis rustica23/05/2019
    BeetlesCassida viridis19/05/2011