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: 128


    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
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita12/04/2013
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusKlebsormidium crenulatum15/03/2014
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.15/03/2014
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos15/03/2014
    Centipedes & MillipedesBristly MillipedePolyxenus lagurus15/03/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesField Wood-rushLuzula campestris15/03/2014
    LichensAspicilia caesiocinerea15/03/2014
    LichensCaloplaca crenulatella15/03/2014
    LichensCaloplaca teicholyta15/03/2014
    LichensCollema crispum15/03/2014
    LichensHypocenomyce scalaris15/03/2014
    LichensLecanora dispersa15/03/2014
    LichensLecanora symmicta15/03/2014
    LichensLepraria incana agg.15/03/2014
    LichensBordered Thyme-mossMnium marginatum15/03/2014
    LichensOpegrapha atra15/03/2014
    LichensPhaeophyscia orbicularis15/03/2014
    LichensPhysconia grisea15/03/2014
    LichensPorpidia tuberculosa15/03/2014
    LichensPunctelia subrudecta15/03/2014
    LichensRamalina fastigiata15/03/2014
    LichensTrapeliopsis flexuosa15/03/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsPointed Spear-mossCalliergonella cuspidata15/03/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsGreat Scented LiverwortConocephalum conicum s.l.15/03/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsBroom Fork-mossDicranum scoparium15/03/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsDilated ScalewortFrullania dilatata15/03/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsCommon Feather-mossKindbergia praelonga15/03/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsCrescent-cup LiverwortLunularia cruciata15/03/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsSwan's-neck Thyme-mossMnium hornum15/03/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsAnomalous Bristle-mossOrthotrichum anomalum15/03/2014