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
    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
    MothsBlack-poplar PigmyStigmella trimaculella29/07/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlack CurrantRibes nigrum21/08/2015
    FungiBlack Witches ButterExidia glandulosa13/11/2019
    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
    FungiButter CapRhodocollybia butyracea13/11/2019
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone09/08/2018
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita12/04/2013
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae03/07/2017
    FungiClouded FunnelClitocybe nebularis13/11/2019
    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