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: 319

    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
    Bramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.20/03/2019Melinda Bell
    Dog's MercuryMercurialis perennis20/03/2019Melinda Bell
    Barren StrawberryPotentilla sterilis20/03/2019Melinda Bell
    Lesser CelandineFicaria verna20/03/2019Melinda Bell
    Scarlet ElfcupSarcoscypha austriaca02/03/2019irturner
    Jelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae02/03/2019irturner
    Lesser CelandineFicaria verna02/03/2019irturner
    Colt's-footTussilago farfara02/03/2019irturner
    Hoof FungusFomes fomentarius02/03/2019irturner
    Sloe BugDolycoris baccarum17/12/2018AJ Cann
    Common Shiny WoodlouseOniscus asellus17/12/2018AJ Cann
    Common Striped WoodlousePhiloscia muscorum17/12/2018AJ Cann
    Dicyrtomina saundersi17/12/2018AJ Cann
    Drymus sylvaticus17/12/2018AJ Cann
    Platybunus triangularis17/12/2018AJ Cann
    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
    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 quattuordecimpunctata24/06/2011
    BeetlesBlack Clock BeetlePterostichus madidus04/05/2015
    BeetlesCardinal BeetlePyrochroa serraticornis31/05/2015
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva24/06/2011
    BeetlesRutpela maculata07/07/2012
    BeetlesStrophosoma melanogrammum07/07/2012
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo29/06/2018
    BirdsPeregrine FalconFalco peregrinus29/06/2018