Charnwood Lodge NR

    Wildlife Highlights

    Holly Blue and Green Hair-streak butterflies can be seen, usually in May. A variety of moorland species of moths are also known to occur, including the Fox moth, Neglected Rustic and Glaucous Shears. Tree Pipits are present in the spring and summer while the woodland supports several species of warbler. All three species of woodpecker occur, although the Lesser Spotted is rare. Two species of ferns grow here, Lemon-scented Fern and Hard-fern, and are found at few other sites in Leicestershire and Rutland. There are also several rare species of sedge.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 931


    The reserve is owned by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and covers 193.5 ha. Most of the reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and part was declared a National Nature Reserve in 2000. Note that significant areas of this important and sensitive nature reserve have no public access. Other areas have limited access to LRWT members and other permit holders only.

    Habitats include planted oaks and other mixed woodland, acid grassland, heath grassland (called moorland by some), with occasional sphagnum dominated wet areas, a small reservoir and a number of small ponds.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Reed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclus09/06/2019Margaret McLoughlin
    LinnetCarduelis cannabina09/06/2019Margaret McLoughlin
    The ForesterAdscita statices09/06/2019Margaret McLoughlin
    Birch ConchCochylis nana09/06/2019Margaret McLoughlin
    Azure DamselflyCoenagrion puella09/06/2019Margaret McLoughlin
    Blue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans09/06/2019Margaret McLoughlin
    Dock BugCoreus marginatus09/06/2019Margaret McLoughlin
    Nettle WeevilPhyllobius pomaceus09/06/2019Margaret McLoughlin
    Large SkipperOchlodes sylvanus09/06/2019Margaret McLoughlin
    Orchid BeetleDascillus cervinus09/06/2019Margaret McLoughlin
    Orchid BeetleDascillus cervinus06/06/2019Barbara Cooper
    The ForesterAdscita statices06/06/2019Barbara Cooper
    Blue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans06/06/2019Barbara Cooper
    Ditropis pteridis06/06/2019Barbara Cooper
    Ctenicera cuprea06/06/2019Barbara Cooper
    Getting There

    The reserve lies 3 km east of Whitwick and 3 km north of Copt Oak, to the west of the M1. LRWT members can use their membership cards as permits for the restricted areas. There are marked paths around the reserve and all visitors are requested to keep to these. LRWT members and other permit holders can access the reserve from Abbey Road (on the east side about 0.5 km from the Forest Rock Public House junction). Cars should be parked on the side of the farm track. Other visitors can access the reserve from the Warren Hills Road where there is limited parking in the layby.

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.03/02/2016
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo22/06/2017
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris18/01/2018
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria27/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAchaius oratorius14/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria04/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva31/03/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa27/05/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRam's-horn Gall WaspAndricus aries14/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus curvator18/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix27/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus grossulariae01/09/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari04/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola14/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis19/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus testaceipes23/03/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera13/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida18/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGarden BumblebeeBombus hortorum02/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius21/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.14/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum06/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris21/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis20/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Pea Gall WaspDiplolepis eglanteriae/nervosa31/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae31/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree WaspDolichovespula sylvestris13/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFormica lemani23/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNetelia virgatus26/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Spangle GallNeuroterus albipes26/09/2017