Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    Getting There

    Nearest post code LE65 1RT

    The reserve lies at the head of Staunton Harold Reservoir near Calke Abbey. It is best approached via the B587, north from the A42 Ashby junction. Follow the road for 2 km past Staunton Harold Hall, take the first left turn towards Calke and park in the Picnic Area car park, which is on the left before reaching the reservoir.  Access to the reserve is about 290m beyond the bridge over the reservoir.

    Managed By
    Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 139


    This reserve is partly in Derbyshire and partly in Leicestershire, and is owned by Severn Trent Water and managed by the Wildlife Trust. It covers 23.5 ha and is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The path around the reserve is almost all through mixed woodland. The area around the entrance is hawthorn scrub. The geology gives rise to a varied flora and the general mixture of habitat types results in a very varied insect fauna. Deer are occasionally seen on the reserve and the birdlife is typical of broadleaved woodland. The Laundry Pool, which acts as a settling pond for the Calke Brook, contains large pike and perch. (Fishing is not allowed.) In January / February, a large number of snowdrops bloom at the south-western end of the reserve.



    Nature reserve (Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust)

    Site of Special Scientific Interest

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusKlebsormidium crenulatum15/03/2014
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.15/03/2014
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo21/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae15/08/2017
    BeetlesGeotrupes spiniger15/08/2017
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata21/08/2015
    BirdsMandarinAix galericulata17/03/2016
    BirdsKingfisherAlcedo atthis21/08/2015
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos07/01/2018
    BirdsGreat White EgretArdea alba19/02/2019
    BirdsTufted DuckAythya fuligula21/02/2015
    BirdsRavenCorvus corax24/02/2016
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone09/08/2018
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major01/04/2016
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus09/08/2018
    BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius21/08/2015
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita12/04/2013
    BirdsMagpiePica pica07/01/2018
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula31/01/2019
    BirdsLittle GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis19/02/2017
    BugsPemphigus bursarius29/07/2019
    BugsPoplar-buttercup gall aphidThecabius affinis29/07/2019
    Centipedes & MillipedesBristly MillipedePolyxenus lagurus15/03/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum09/08/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans21/08/2015
    Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium21/02/2018
    Ferns & HorsetailsMale-fernDryopteris filix-mas21/08/2015
    FishPerchPerca fluviatilis25/02/2018
    FliesAgromyza albitarsis29/07/2019
    FliesGraphomya maculata21/08/2015