Courting Stiles

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    Getting There

    Excellent connections from either Hinckley Railway station immediately to the north- west of the site and easy close by walk over footbridge from platform.  Footpath access from the north either off Parsons Lane or connecting footpath off Brookside Road. To the south west of the site off Bridge Road is a large parking area with direct access to the raised public footpath across the Flood Retention area.


    Managed By
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 37


    Mixed habitat including some 4 hectares of deciduous woodland with areas of open grassland leading onto  approximately 1 hectare of the Flood Retention area to the west. Sketchley Brook flows along the full southern length of the site plus an additional inflow from the north feeding the permanent wetland, sloping from north to south.

    Wildlife Highlights

    Flood retention area has many typical wet land plants including numerous sp. Rush, Reedmace, Yellow Iris and Ragged Robin. The permanent standing water areas support various amphibians and attract numerous Birds & Bats. Including Reed Bunting, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.  The close by wooded area offering ideal nesting and roosting habitat.

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus03/04/2017
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita08/04/2017
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula03/04/2017
    BirdsCollared DoveStreptopelia decaocto16/04/2017
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album03/04/2017
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus06/07/2017
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura ulmaria05/07/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsField HorsetailEquisetum arvense16/04/2017
    FungiJelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae06/03/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia14/07/2017
    Grasshoppers & CricketsRoesel's Bush-cricketMetrioptera roeselii28/09/2017
    MammalsGrey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis03/04/2017
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae06/06/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAlderAlnus glutinosa03/04/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix14/07/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlackthornPrunus spinosa08/04/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersRaspberryRubus idaeus06/07/2017
    WildflowersItalian Lords-and-Ladies agg.Arum italicum agg.07/03/2020
    WildflowersIvy-leaved ToadflaxCymbalaria muralis14/07/2017
    WildflowersWild CarrotDaucus carota subsp. carota20/08/2018
    WildflowersFoxgloveDigitalis purpurea06/06/2018
    WildflowersWild TeaselDipsacus fullonum14/07/2017
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna03/04/2017
    WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria14/07/2017
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum14/07/2017
    WildflowersYellow IrisIris pseudacorus05/07/2020
    WildflowersMeadow VetchlingLathyrus pratensis14/07/2017
    WildflowersDog's MercuryMercurialis perennis28/03/2020
    WildflowersGarden Grape-hyacinth agg.Muscari armeniacum agg.30/04/2018
    WildflowersLarge-flowered Evening-primroseOenothera glazioviana14/07/2017
    WildflowersCowslipPrimula veris08/04/2017
    WildflowersAutumn HawkbitScorzoneroides autumnalis14/07/2017
    WildflowersWhite StonecropSedum album05/07/2020
    WildflowersAlexandersSmyrnium olusatrum03/04/2017
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara06/06/2018
    WildflowersLesser StitchwortStellaria graminea05/07/2020
    WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara14/03/2018