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.
Total species seen at this site: 326
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.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Abax parallelepipedus||12/05/2019||AJ Cann|
|Banded Centipede||Lithobius variegatus||12/05/2019||AJ Cann|
|Calocoris alpestris||12/05/2019||AJ Cann|
|Coelotes atropos||12/05/2019||AJ Cann|
|Dock Bug||Coreus marginatus||12/05/2019||AJ Cann|
|Early Purple Orchid||Orchis mascula||12/05/2019||AJ Cann|
|Linyphia hortensis||12/05/2019||AJ Cann|
|Metellina mengei||12/05/2019||AJ Cann|
|Pill Millipede||Glomeris marginata||12/05/2019||AJ Cann|
|Bramble agg.||Rubus fruticosus agg.||20/03/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Dog's Mercury||Mercurialis perennis||20/03/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Hoof Fungus||Fomes fomentarius||20/03/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Scarlet Elfcup||Sarcoscypha austriaca||20/03/2019||Melinda Bell|
|King Alfred's Cakes||Daldinia concentrica||20/03/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Glistening Inkcap||Coprinellus micaceus||20/03/2019||Melinda Bell|
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.