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
    LichensXanthoria parietina15/03/2014
    WildflowersCommon Dog-violetViola riviniana15/03/2014
    WildflowersTufted VetchVicia cracca21/08/2015
    WildflowersCommon Field-speedwellVeronica persica15/03/2014
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGorseUlex europaeus07/01/2018
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae03/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia25/02/2018
    WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara15/03/2014
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Pygmy WoodlouseTrichoniscus pusillus agg.04/02/2018
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.15/03/2014
    FungiYellow BrainTremella mesenterica07/02/2016
    LichensTrapeliopsis flexuosa15/03/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsWall Screw-mossTortula muralis15/03/2014
    MothsBlood-veinTimandra comae09/08/2018
    FungiTaphrina populina29/07/2019
    BirdsLittle GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis19/02/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsGreat Hairy Screw-mossSyntrichia ruralis subsp. ruralis07/02/2016
    WildflowersWater SoldierStratiotes aloides21/08/2015
    FungiYellowing Curtain CrustStereum subtomentosum07/02/2016
    FungiHairy Curtain CrustStereum hirsutum07/02/2016
    HoverfliesLong HoverflySphaerophoria scripta09/08/2018
    WildflowersRed CampionSilene dioica07/02/2016
    WildflowersSkullcapScutellaria galericulata21/08/2015
    FungiScarlet ElfcupSarcoscypha austriaca07/02/2016
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius21/08/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlack CurrantRibes nigrum21/08/2015
    Mosses & LiverwortsSpringy Turf-mossRhytidiadelphus squarrosus15/03/2014
    HoverfliesRhingia rostrata21/08/2015
    LichensRamalina fastigiata15/03/2014
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula31/01/2019