Dimminsdale

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    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

    Description

    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.

     

    Status

    Nature reserve (Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust)

    Site of Special Scientific Interest


    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    LichensXanthoria parietina04/02/2018
    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
    FungiLeafy BrainTremella foliacea13/11/2019
    LichensTrapeliopsis flexuosa15/03/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsWall Screw-mossTortula muralis15/03/2014
    MothsBlood-veinTimandra comae09/08/2018
    BugsPoplar-buttercup gall aphidThecabius affinis29/07/2019
    FungiTaphrina populina29/07/2019
    BirdsLittle GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis19/02/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsGreat Hairy Screw-mossSyntrichia ruralis subsp. ruralis07/02/2016
    WildflowersWater SoldierStratiotes aloides21/08/2015
    MothsBlack-poplar PigmyStigmella trimaculella29/07/2019
    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
    FungiButter CapRhodocollybia butyracea13/11/2019
    HoverfliesRhingia rostrata21/08/2015
    LichensRamalina fastigiata15/03/2014
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula31/01/2019
    LichensPunctelia subrudecta15/03/2014
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata21/08/2015
    LichensPorpidia tuberculosa15/03/2014
    Centipedes & MillipedesBristly MillipedePolyxenus lagurus15/03/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsBristly HaircapPolytrichum piliferum15/03/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsJuniper HaircapPolytrichum juniperinum15/03/2014
    FungiDryad's SaddlePolyporus squamosus13/11/2019
    Mosses & LiverwortsRed-stemmed Feather-mossPleurozium schreberi15/03/2014
    WildflowersGreater PlantainPlantago major21/08/2015
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata21/08/2015
    FungiBirch PolyporePiptoporus betulinus04/02/2018
    BirdsMagpiePica pica07/01/2018
    FliesLeaf minePhytomyza lappae29/07/2019
    LichensPhysconia grisea15/03/2014
    LichensPhyscia adscendens07/02/2016
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita12/04/2013
    LichensPhaeophyscia orbicularis15/03/2014
    FungiPeziza sp.07/02/2016
    FishPerchPerca fluviatilis25/02/2018
    BugsPemphigus bursarius29/07/2019
    Mosses & LiverwortsOverleaf PelliaPellia epiphylla07/02/2016
    LichensParmotrema perlatum25/02/2018
    LichensHammered Shield LichenParmelia sulcata04/02/2018
    FungiPetticoat MottlegillPanaeolus papilionaceus13/11/2019
    Mosses & LiverwortsAnomalous Bristle-mossOrthotrichum anomalum15/03/2014
    WildflowersGarden Star-of-BethlehemOrnithogalum umbellatum16/06/2015
    LichensOpegrapha atra15/03/2014
    FungiCoral SpotNectria cinnabarina07/01/2018
    LichensBordered Thyme-mossMnium marginatum15/03/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsSwan's-neck Thyme-mossMnium hornum15/03/2014
    Slugs & SnailsLesser BulinMerdigera obscura04/02/2018
    WildflowersDog's MercuryMercurialis perennis24/02/2016
    FliesKite-tailed RobberflyMachimus atricapillus21/08/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesField Wood-rushLuzula campestris15/03/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsCrescent-cup LiverwortLunularia cruciata15/03/2014
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild PrivetLigustrum vulgare21/02/2015
    LichensLepraria incana agg.15/03/2014
    harvestmen (Opiliones)Leiobunum rotundum30/07/2014
    LichensLecanora symmicta15/03/2014
    LichensLecanora dispersa15/03/2014
    WildflowersPrickly LettuceLactuca serriola21/08/2015
    FungiUgly MilkcapLactarius turpis13/11/2019
    FungiThe DeceiverLaccaria laccata04/02/2018
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusKlebsormidium crenulatum15/03/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsCommon Feather-mossKindbergia praelonga15/03/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans21/08/2015
    LichensHypocenomyce scalaris15/03/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsCypress-leaved Plait-mossHypnum cupressiforme07/02/2016
    FungiSulphur TuftHypholoma fasciculare13/11/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix07/01/2018
    Mosses & LiverwortsGrey-cushioned GrimmiaGrimmia pulvinata04/02/2018
    FliesGraphomya maculata21/08/2015
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum07/02/2016
    BeetlesGeotrupes spiniger15/08/2017
    FungiCollared EarthstarGeastrum triplex07/02/2016
    BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius12/04/2013
    WildflowersCommon Hemp-nettleGaleopsis tetrahit21/08/2015
    WildflowersSnowdropGalanthus nivalis21/02/2015
    Mosses & LiverwortsDilated ScalewortFrullania dilatata15/03/2014
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus09/08/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBeechFagus sylvatica07/01/2018
    FungiCrystal Brain FungusExidia nucleata07/01/2018
    FungiBlack Witches ButterExidia glandulosa13/11/2019
    WildflowersCommon WhitlowgrassErophila verna15/03/2014
    HoverfliesEpistrophe grossulariae09/08/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum09/08/2018
    Ferns & HorsetailsMale-fernDryopteris filix-mas21/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae15/08/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsBroom Fork-mossDicranum scoparium15/03/2014
    harvestmen (Opiliones)Dicranopalpus ramosus agg.21/08/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTufted Hair-grassDeschampsia cespitosa07/02/2016
    Slugs & SnailsNetted SlugDeroceras reticulatum15/03/2014
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major07/01/2018
    FungiKing Alfred's CakesDaldinia concentrica31/01/2019
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone09/08/2018
    BirdsRavenCorvus corax24/02/2016
    FungiFairy InkcapCoprinellus disseminatus21/08/2015
    Mosses & LiverwortsGreat Scented LiverwortConocephalum conicum s.l.15/03/2014
    LichensCollema crispum15/03/2014
    FungiClouded FunnelClitocybe nebularis13/11/2019
    FungiMeadow CoralClavulinopsis corniculata13/11/2019
    WildflowersOpposite-leaved Golden SaxifrageChrysosplenium oppositifolium15/03/2014
    FungiShaggy ParasolChlorophyllum rhacodes15/08/2017
    WildflowersHarebellCampanula rotundifolia15/08/2017
    MothsHorse-chestnut Leaf MinerCameraria ohridella09/08/2018
    LichensCaloplaca teicholyta15/03/2014
    LichensCaloplaca crenulatella15/03/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsPointed Spear-mossCalliergonella cuspidata15/03/2014
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo21/08/2015
    Mosses & LiverwortsRough-stalked Feather-mossBrachythecium rutabulum07/02/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula07/01/2018
    BirdsTufted DuckAythya fuligula21/02/2015
    FungiJelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae07/02/2016
    Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium21/02/2018
    LichensAspicilia caesiocinerea15/03/2014
    WildflowersLords-and-LadiesArum maculatum25/02/2018
    Slugs & SnailsDusky SlugArion subfuscus15/03/2014
    BirdsGreat White EgretArdea alba19/02/2019
    WildflowersWild AngelicaAngelica sylvestris21/08/2015
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos15/03/2014
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAlderAlnus glutinosa07/01/2018
    WildflowersRamsonsAllium ursinum15/03/2014
    BirdsKingfisherAlcedo atthis21/08/2015
    BirdsMandarinAix galericulata17/03/2016
    FliesAgromyza albitarsis29/07/2019