Managed By
    Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 126


    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
    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
    KestrelFalco tinnunculus09/08/2018egaten

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata21/08/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAlderAlnus glutinosa07/01/2018
    Mosses & LiverwortsAnomalous Bristle-mossOrthotrichum anomalum15/03/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae15/08/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBeechFagus sylvatica07/01/2018
    FungiBirch PolyporePiptoporus betulinus04/02/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlack CurrantRibes nigrum21/08/2015
    MothsBlood-veinTimandra comae09/08/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans21/08/2015
    LichensBordered Thyme-mossMnium marginatum15/03/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsBristly HaircapPolytrichum piliferum15/03/2014
    Centipedes & MillipedesBristly MillipedePolyxenus lagurus15/03/2014
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius21/08/2015
    Mosses & LiverwortsBroom Fork-mossDicranum scoparium15/03/2014
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula31/01/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia25/02/2018
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone09/08/2018
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita12/04/2013
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae03/07/2017
    FungiCollared EarthstarGeastrum triplex07/02/2016
    WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara15/03/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum09/08/2018
    WildflowersCommon Dog-violetViola riviniana15/03/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsCommon Feather-mossKindbergia praelonga15/03/2014
    WildflowersCommon Field-speedwellVeronica persica15/03/2014
    WildflowersCommon Hemp-nettleGaleopsis tetrahit21/08/2015
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Pygmy WoodlouseTrichoniscus pusillus agg.04/02/2018
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo21/08/2015
    WildflowersCommon WhitlowgrassErophila verna15/03/2014
    FungiCoral SpotNectria cinnabarina07/01/2018