Managed By
    Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 127


    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.


    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Taphrina populina29/07/2019sue
    Agromyza albitarsis29/07/2019sue
    Leaf minePhytomyza lappae29/07/2019sue
    Great White EgretArdea alba19/02/2019Andrew Heaton
    SnowdropGalanthus nivalis31/01/2019Ken Charity
    King Alfred's CakesDaldinia concentrica31/01/2019Ken Charity
    Jelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae31/01/2019Ken Charity
    BullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula31/01/2019Ken Charity
    Long HoverflySphaerophoria scripta09/08/2018egaten
    Epistrophe grossulariae09/08/2018egaten
    Carrion CrowCorvus corone09/08/2018egaten
    Common Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum09/08/2018egaten
    Blood-veinTimandra comae09/08/2018egaten
    Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major09/08/2018egaten
    Horse-chestnut Leaf MinerCameraria ohridella09/08/2018egaten

    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 major09/08/2018
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus09/08/2018
    BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius12/04/2013
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita12/04/2013
    BirdsMagpiePica pica07/01/2018
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula31/01/2019
    BirdsLittle GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis19/02/2017
    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
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesAgromyza albitarsis29/07/2019
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesGraphomya maculata21/08/2015
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesKite-tailed RobberflyMachimus atricapillus21/08/2015
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesLeaf minePhytomyza lappae29/07/2019