Cloud Wood

    Wildlife Highlights

    Over 220 species of fern and flowering plant have been recorded here, including Herb Paris, Violet Helleborine and Greater Butterfly Orchid. There is a profusion of Common Spotted Orchids along the rides. In the spring the wood is carpeted in Wood Anenomes, Bluebells and Primroses. The bird life is not very diverse but there a number of butterflies of note, including Purple and White-letter Hairstreaks.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 326

    Description

    This 33 hectare site is ancient woodland and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It stands on Keuper Marl and Boulder Clay and is one of the most floristically rich sites in the county. In the past it was a larger site standing on Carboniferous Limestone but this has since been quarried out. The woodland was clear-felled around the time of World War II but was allowed to regenerate naturally. It was donated to the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust in 1993 by Ennstone Breedon plc. The Trust has now reinstigated coppice management in parts of the site.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Abax parallelepipedus12/05/2019AJ Cann
    Banded CentipedeLithobius variegatus12/05/2019AJ Cann
    Calocoris alpestris12/05/2019AJ Cann
    Coelotes atropos12/05/2019AJ Cann
    Dock BugCoreus marginatus12/05/2019AJ Cann
    Early Purple OrchidOrchis mascula12/05/2019AJ Cann
    Linyphia hortensis12/05/2019AJ Cann
    Metellina mengei12/05/2019AJ Cann
    Pill MillipedeGlomeris marginata12/05/2019AJ Cann
    Bramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.20/03/2019Melinda Bell
    Dog's MercuryMercurialis perennis20/03/2019Melinda Bell
    Hoof FungusFomes fomentarius20/03/2019Melinda Bell
    Scarlet ElfcupSarcoscypha austriaca20/03/2019Melinda Bell
    King Alfred's CakesDaldinia concentrica20/03/2019Melinda Bell
    Glistening InkcapCoprinellus micaceus20/03/2019Melinda Bell
    Further Information
    Getting There

    Cloud Wood is in the north-west of Leicestershire, near to Breedon and adjacent to the road between Griffydam  and Tongue. Visitors should park in the layby along this road.

    Managed By
    Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera04/05/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida17/12/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum07/07/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius02/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum24/06/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris02/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsDiphyus quadripunctorius07/07/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsMedian WaspDolichovespula media24/06/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHaemorrhoicus crassigena07/07/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro23/10/2016
    BeetlesAbax parallelepipedus12/05/2019
    BeetlesAnisotoma humeralis24/06/2011
    BeetlesBruchus rufimanus07/07/2012
    BeetlesWasp BeetleClytus arietis21/05/2017
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata07/10/2016
    BeetlesCorticeus unicolor23/04/2012
    BeetlesWillow Flea BeetleCrepidodera aurata21/05/2017
    BeetlesGrammoptera ruficornis21/05/2017
    BeetlesOrange LadybirdHalyzia sedecimguttata08/07/2018
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis29/06/2018
    BeetlesNebria brevicollis20/04/2016
    BeetlesNeocrepidodera transversa07/07/2012
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis21/05/2017
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata21/05/2011
    BeetlesBlack Clock BeetlePterostichus madidus07/07/2012
    BeetlesCardinal BeetlePyrochroa serraticornis21/05/2017
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva24/06/2011
    BeetlesRutpela maculata10/06/2018
    BeetlesStrophosoma melanogrammum07/07/2012
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo15/04/2018